Time management tips help revolutionize your potential, if you re-envision what makes you powerful. What is power to you? When are you happiest and most effective? Using your time energy to convert this wisdom into time choices generates profound contentment. So what is Time Energy? It is an inner abundance that enriches your life as you age, even as you experience age-related losses.
Aging gracefully and living powerfully are closely aligned, because you don’t exhaust yourself by swimming against the river of time. You don’t waste Time Energy wishing you were younger, and you don’t injure yourself by trying to push beyond your natural limits. Instead, you flow in harmony with what is. And life’s ever-changing current is the most powerful force of all.
So never think that losing power is inevitable! When you respect that the kind of power you possess will evolve and change as life changes, you are in your best position to age with grace and power.
Each of us encounters developmental changes that we respond to in highly individual ways. Current demographics, with Baby Boomers advancing in age, bring special media focus to aging issues.
Aging is universal, and it helps to keep that in mind! Yet, aging is highly individual, too. Although how far you have traveled along your lifeline is one factor, so are deeply personal issues such as your associations, expectations and experiences of aging, and watching the generation that went before you.
7 Questions to Maximize your Time Energy
You make the best time choices possible by using your insights to reshape your life. To obtain a fresh perspective, ask yourself the following, and listen closely to your answers:
- What did power mean to you when you were young?
- How has your understanding of power matured over time?
- How can you further redefine power to change your life for the better? To do this, consider how you have developed wisdom and flexibility throughout your life.
- What surprises you about what makes you happy? How does this differ from what you thought would be most rewarding?
- What are 3 ways you use these insights to make wise time choices in place of physical stamina to live more richly?
- How do you experience time’s flow now, compared with when you were younger? What lessons do you take from this?
- Have you created a bucket list? If so, which three activities top the list?
Events may drastically alter your ideas of what’s possible or even desirable. If so, you are far from alone. In fact, a massive survey sponsored by 10 health advocacy groups and Pfizer has been launched, and will continue over a period of years. It is part of an extensive project called “Get Old”, and its intention is to invite discussion about growing older.
There is good news! A substantial percentage of those interviewed report that they are pleasantly surprised by their quality of life as they age. Primary sources of satisfaction include family and friendships, increased wisdom, enhanced confidence and feeling free to experiment.
In your younger years, these intangibles might not have been your yardsticks of personal power. So after answering the 7 questions about power, you might also ask yourself, where do intimacy, vulnerability, and experiencing deep emotions fit in?
Gains, Losses and New Directions
If you create a list of what gains and losses your time choices have generated, you provide yourself with a powerful incentive to stretch in new directions. Each step to change your life is a time choice. List a few you can start today, and enjoy how your experience changes your personal power over time.© Copyright 2012 Paula Eder, Ph.D.