You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C. S. Lewis

This quote motivates and frustrates me because on the surface, it tells me that I can set another goal.  What if I don’t want to make another goal? What if I like my life just the way it is and don’t aspire for more? I think the answer to this is – your goal would then be to maintain your life trajectory and that isn’t a bad thing.

If I were advising someone with this goal, I would say plan for keeping that life during challenging times such as now.

Consider what you need for retirement. Plan for loss of income. Plan for changes to your family unit – births, caregiving of parents, moving, emergencies, etc.

But if you are someone that is dealing with loss of employment (furloughed, let go, laid off, under employed) and income, which is one of the hardest things you will go through, you can make a new goal.

You don’t have to go back to the same industry.

You can make a pivot.

Of course, there will be challenges in change but the important step is giving yourself permission to make the pivot.

10 Quotes to Inspire You to Pivot

  1. “You can’t live your life based on other people’s point of view. I am tired of people not starting and living their life on one very simple thing which is they’re worried about what other people think.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
  1. “Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hit by striking.”  – William B. Sprague
  1. “A happy person is not a person in a certain set of circumstances, but rather a person with a certain set of attitudes.” – Hugh Downs
  1. “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.” – John Wooden
  1. “People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things.  When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” – Norman Vincent Peale
  1. “Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.” – Carlos Castaneda
  1. “Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.” – Raymond Lindquist
  1. “I can’t tell you how many times I get into a taxicab in New York or Los Angeles, and I’m talking to somebody who is a recent immigrant who was a doctor or lawyer or engineer or professor in the country they just came from. They’re starting over again in life, and I think the majority of people out there can relate to that.” – Andrew Zimmern
  1. “The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.” – Amelia Earhart
  1. “If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.” – Maya Angelou

Hopefully we will never go through another time in history like what we are experiencing now. Stay home if you can. Stay safe. Practice social distancing.

Til next time,

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
– C. S. Lewis

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