Working Towards Your Goals in Middle Life
As a younger person, your goals may have involved raises, promotions or saving up to start a family. As you near middle age, you may find your priorities shifting. There’s nothing wrong with this, in fact, it’s quite natural. As your priorities shift, however, it is important to take some time to re-evaluate your goals and perhaps set new ones. Here are 3 tips to working towards your goals in middle life:
1. Evaluate what is important to you
In your 20’s, your greatest desire may have been to drive a flashy sports car. In your 40’s, when you can more easily afford such things, you may go out and buy one because it was what you “always” wanted. If it isn’t what you want now, however, it’s not going to actually bring you any lasting happiness. You may also realize you pursued goals that were important to others, such as your parents or your spouse, but may have never actually been important to you. Now is a great time to explore whether the goals you have been pursuing are going to bring you the life you deserve. What does success in the next 5 years look like?
2. Have conversations with the important people in your life about your new goals
Too many people make the mistake of simply waiting until they are desperately unhappy and then acting impulsively to correct the situation. In many, if not most, cases they act without bothering to consult their family, spouse or significant others in their life. You can save yourself a lot of unpleasantness by re-evaluating your priorities and then having some deep discussions about your changing focus with those you have built a life with. This is an opportunity to bond with those you are closest with and create a shared vision.
3. Re-prioritize your life to help achieve your new goals
More and more people in their 40s and 50s are redefining themselves as they begin to care less what other people think, and begin to care more about how they spend their time…and with whom. If one of your new goals is to spend more time with people you really like, be intentional. Look at your calendar and carve out time to meet for coffee. For many of us, our calendars drive our busy lives. If we don’t schedule it in, it might not get done. We may need to make appointments for our new priorities, just like we do for a trip to the dentist.
Whatever your best life looks like, we’d like to help you meet it face on. Because hair loss is a natural part of aging, it can really begin to take a toll mid-life. Many people begin to withdraw into themselves and reduce their social activities during a time when life should be getting really good. If you have been feeling like this, we’d like to talk to you about how you can get your mojo back. It’s free, it’s discreet, and no one needs to know.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.