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#1 Thing to Welcome New Changes into Your Life

By Joanie Marx March 04, 2024 Mindset

Crossing the 60 and over threshold means different things to each of us. One thing we can all agree on is that when we enter this beautiful stage of our lives, resisting change is no longer an option.

We all know that change is the immutable law of nature. Even so, how many times have you attempted to negotiate with change, even try in vain to bend the laws of nature to fit your desires and will?

If you are like me and many others who are 60 and over, the answer is a lot.

What are the solutions to not only stop resisting change but to open yourself up to more of the desires you seek?

The answer is: Being More Playful!

Being playful after 60 is not a luxury. It is the #1 thing for welcoming new changes into your life.

Time of Year to Be More Playful

It’s hard to fathom, but springtime is upon us. This means we are entering a new and vibrant time of the year. Are you ready?

Whether you are preparing to do some spring cleaning in your home or renewing other areas of your life, this time of year requires a shift in thinking and perspective.

There is no better time to begin being more playful than now!

Being more playful, especially if you are not accustomed to doing so, requires changing your perspective on life. Without a new perspective, you could unknowingly resist the changes that lead to a new and improved you.

5 Important Questions

Mystery novelist, Rita Mae Brown, once famously wrote, “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting new and better results.”

This quote speaks to outdated beliefs and behaviors that fail so many of us time and again. To successfully navigate change, you will want to stop repeating behaviors that don’t serve you by opening yourself up to new, more empowering beliefs.

Adopting new beliefs and behaviors requires clarity on what positive changes you desire. This also means being clear about what outdated beliefs you are letting go of.

To get things started, let us address five important questions:

  1. What new, positive changes do you seek in your life this year?
  2. What limiting beliefs and behaviors get in the way of these positive changes?
  3. What new, more empowering beliefs will be needed to welcome new changes?
  4. What areas in your life can you be more playful in?
  5. In what ways will being more playful help you enjoy more of your life?

Once you have journaled the answer to these questions, the next step is to begin integrating the changes you seek.

3 New, Empowering Beliefs for Play

Many people can clearly articulate outer obstacles that get in the way of living their dream life. But when you ask where or how they will transport themselves from where they are to where the life of their dreams lives, a lot less clarity shows up.

Truth is, integrating new beliefs into your life is not easy. If it were, everyone would do it.

What gets in the way of integrating positive changes more than anything is that most people do not make the process enjoyable. Resisting being more playful makes the process of achieving goals and dreams a chore.

This is why the #1 thing to welcome new changes in your life is being playful!

Being playful is an act of self-love. You may agree, but if you are like a lot of people, you may also think you don’t have time to engage in playful activities. This stems from limiting beliefs most of us were taught early on about what is required to achieve our desired outcomes. Beliefs such as hard work and sacrifice come to mind.

Perhaps the biggest limiting belief that must be let go is the one that tells you that you can’t have fun until you have achieved your desired outcome.

Here are three new, empowering beliefs you can apply in your life right now:

  • I am playful.
  • I open myself up to be, do, and have more fun in all areas of my life.
  • It is safe for me to play while working towards my goals and dreams.

Being Playful Is Essential

When you are seeking new changes but are not open to being more playful, it is easy fall back on limiting beliefs in the face of adversity.

When you are not having fun in life, your resistance to change grows. This means working harder and playing less is not an ideal solution to fulfilling your desires.

Some will say that being playful is a luxury you cannot afford at this age. Being playful, however, is essential to welcoming new changes into your life after 60.

Create time this week to observe areas of your life where you can be more playful. Be sure to have fun doing this. Remember, being playful is the key that unlocks the new you and welcomes in the new changes you seek.

I invite you to join me in the video where I will share six steps to welcoming new change, including how to be more playful in life.

Let’s Have a Conversation:

Which areas of your life are fun? Do you consider playfulness a necessity in life? In which areas of your life can you be more playful?

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The quotation is from Albert Einstein.


Actually, it was in a 1981 Alcoholics Anonymous pamphlet from what my research reveals not a Rita Mae Brown quote.

Fun, playfulness is so important. I like to be in the woods, paint watercolors, volunteer, read, research and be with close friends.

What is not fun is doing these ridiculous reCAPTCHA things. So often, they don’t work properly. Like right now. Arghh.


Recently, my sister and I went shopping together, and we had so much fun just being together, commenting on what we liked and didn’t like as we browsed the aisles. I only see my sister once a year, so the time we spent together was very special to me. On the flip side, I was reminded of how much I miss the family interactions a great deal. Your article is reminding me to look for ways I can add more fun into my life–thank you!

The Author

Joanie Marx is a three-time bestselling author and the creator of the new, groundbreaking Refocus & Renew Your Life® online course series on Udemy. She is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a degree in Psychology, and a leading authority on refocusing and renewing your life.

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