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We have a guest blog post from Tess Denton Blog Sponsor, Author and Future Facilitator.

A few weeks ago, an issue of the AARP Bulletin arrived in the mail. Clearly, it was addressed to my husband. I like to tell myself that it’s for him.

Truth be told, while I will be working for more than a decade yet, I’ve reached the age where I can qualify for AARP and the organization is targeted to me, too. The front cover of the issue to which I refer reads: “GOOD NEWS: You CAN Find Success, Security and Happiness after 50 with a New Job”. Surrounding the article title are photos of smiling, happy people aged 58-70. The article from the front cover assures readers that new careers can take off at any age. Some people start a new career to fulfill a dream, and others start a new career in order to keep afloat, financially.

women laughingFinding relevance and purpose requires effort and energy.

I have been talking to many women in over past year who are finding that the discovery and successful transition to a new career is not as easy as 1,2,3.  They have discovered that a first stop to committing to a new career involves sorting out the emotions and details of starting over. For some, the joy and satisfaction they are finding in their current work has waned, and they are eager to launch a new endeavor. For others, their career is lucrative, but they’re no longer feeling relevant in their workplace. And others are just tired of their current work and they need another income stream until retirement. Regardless of the individual, all are swimming in a soup of emotions and the uncertainty of change.

For years, I’ve been writing and talking about the Clarity, Hope, Confidence, Momentum and Happiness that result from creating a Powerful Vision. For those considering a new career after years of dedication to building success in a job or industry, getting Clarity is critical. When considering the opportunity for a career change it is important to gather the facts related to the advantages and risks of striking out with a new career, and the risk and payoff related to daring to live a dream or start anew.

Here are 10 clarifying questions for you to answer alone and with someone close to you:

1. Is this career move a long time dream for you? Describe the dream.

2. Will making a career change make you feel more relevant?

3. What are the short and long term benefits of starting a new career as opposed to continuing with the work you are currently doing?

4. Are most of the individuals in this endeavor younger, older or the same age as you? How does this impact your likelihood of success and satisfaction?

5. What skills from other jobs that will contribute and transfer to the new career you’re considering? Can you name them?

6. Do the most important people in your life support your pursuit of this new career (time wise and financially)?

7. What is your timeline for proficiency and financial success if you pursue a new career?

8. Are you forfeiting retirement security to pursue this career? Are you comfortable with this? Is your spouse/significant other?

9. Will this career change or help you fulfill your Purpose in life?

10. Would there be any benefit to staying in your current job while shifting to this new career part-time?

The answers to these questions will strengthen your resolve and result in you feeling Hopeful about the endeavor you’re considering, or they’ll surface the need for further exploration before committing to a change. It’s important to move confidently and knowingly in the direction of your dreams. You deserve to lead a Hopeful, Happy, Purposeful life.

If you’d like to learn more about Building A Powerful Vision for your Life and Career, I invite you visit tessdenton.com to explore tools that can help you Create A Life You Love at any age.
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tess denton Tess Denton is a Future Facilitator. She helps people and companies create a powerful vision for success.

Engage your imagination in creating your best future by reading Building a Powerful Vision Board, Your Path Achieving Your Goals and What You Want In Life.

The Vision Board process is great fun, and the book is informative and engaging. By learning how to create powerful Vision Boards and developing a roadmap to achieve your vision, you can create the future you want for yourself.

Enjoy your journey!

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No one likes to be criticized personally or professionally, and especially when we are going for our goals. Whether we receive the criticism under a cloak of “constructive criticism” or as a hurtful joke, it still can affect our self-esteem and self-confidence.

Here is the definition of criticism from Dictionary.com: The expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes; the act of passing severe judgment; censure; faultfinding.

Why is criticism so hurtful? Why do we take criticism so personally?

I can only speak from my personal experience, but just saying the word criticism makes me defensive. We can’t hide from criticism because it seems to happen almost every day and in different circumstances. We often hear criticism from loved ones, our bosses and it even shows up on Social Media. I believe it is up to us to deal with criticism in a way that doesn’t affect how we feel about ourselves personally or professionally.

Here are some ways I’ve learned to deal with criticism:

1. Ignore it. I’m reminded of the old saying about letting criticism slide off of you like water off a duck’s back.

2. Analyze the source and situation. Was the criticism said in anger, made by someone who is critical of everything and everyone or did someone say it as a not-so-funny joke?

3. Was the statement really meant as a criticism? Could you have taken the statement out of context or the wrong way?

4. Accept that you are not perfect. As a recovering perfectionist, I often get my feelings hurt when someone points out that I have done something less than perfectly.

5. Decide to take criticism less personally. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but try to take the emotions out of the situation. Decide to view criticism from a less personal and emotional point of view.

I’ve found the key to overcoming criticism is not allowing the words of others to affect my self-confidence or self-esteem.

Words of wisdom: Surround yourself with positive nonjudgmental people and situations. It is up to you to believe in yourself, your abilities and your goals – don’t allow the words of others to dissuade you from going for your dreams.
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Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs, Women Writers and Women Authors
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
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Little did I know how growing up as an only child would prepare me for becoming a self-sufficient entrepreneur. The more I think about it, the more there is a logical connection between being an “only” and working successfully for myself.

These are ten traits that come to mind as I think about growing up an only child. I learned to:
1. Amuse myself and not get boredchild playing
2. Spend hours alone and not get lonesome
3. Believe people want to listen to me
4. Be creative and see the big picture
5. Be independent
6. Think quickly on my feet
7. Lead myself first
8. Value self-education
9. Take action and make things happen
10. Step out of my comfort zone and go it alone

Here is a list of what I believe are must-have traits for a successful home-based entrepreneur. Notice how many of these traits match the traits I developed growing up as an only child.

1. Must be self-motivated, self-directed and not easily bored.
The bottom line: You have to be able to rely on yourself.
2. Must be able to work at home without becoming lonesome.
Working with home-based coaching clients, I’ve found that the feeling of isolation can destroy a home-based entrepreneur’s desire to work for themselves.
3. Must believe what we are doing is important enough that others will take notice and listen.
Successful entrepreneurs have an inner self-confidence in themselves and what their business offers. Why wouldn’t others want to know more about what we are offering?
4. Must vividly see how day-to-day tasks produce long-term positive results.
Seeing how all the little tasks create the big picture, is a huge part of being a successful entrepreneur. It’s easy to get caught up in the day-to-day things that need to be done and lose sight our long-term goal. Success happens one task and one day at a time.
5. Must be an independent self-starter who enjoys being her own boss.
One of the most important elements of being a successful home-based entrepreneur is being able to work well independently. That strong desire for autonomy and independence can make the difference between growing a successful business and giving up before payday.

What do you think, do these only child traits and work from home entrepreneurial traits overlap? I guess I should say, “Thanks mom and dad.”
Please, share your thoughts and comments with us. We’d love to hear from you.

Sharon Michaels
Author – Blogger – Coach to Women Entrepreneurs
Owner of WomenWhoWantToSuccessfullyWorkForThemselves.com
P. S. If you’d like to coach one-on-one, join a MasterMind group or become a guest blogger on this blog, please email me at – coaching@sharonmichaels.com or use the Contact Sharon form on this site.
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