As a generation we have responded to a plethora of challenges; demands of work and family, the crashing and burning of financial markets, (how many recessions have we lived through) layoffs, cost cutting, substance abuse, parents, siblings, and of course for some of us, teenage children. The reasons why we may be burnt out are numerous.
Cutting slack to the boomer generation is not what I do; coaching up our generation is what I do, and to say there is a passion for reaching deep and inspiring others would be an understatement of Godzilla-like proportions.
Here comes the Kool-Aid everyone!
Remember back in the day (we did not coin that term but borrowing is ok in my book) when we were telling everyone never trust anyone over 30? That the ‘Generation Gap’ of our parents and us was so profound that we just knew they would never get it, and that loud music and the Beatles, acid rock and disco were the scourge of a generation. We find the tables completely flipped everyone (everyone being us, the boomers) in that the consensus is building that we are becoming relics, heck the youngest of the baby boomers started turning 51 in January of 2015!
Burnout is just a phase, like taking a breather, time for some regrouping and re-evaluation of our next fifty years. Time to get over the “been there-done that” mindset and shift into fourth gear. We’ve got plenty left in the tank.
Transitional competiveness is a term that resonates with me, kind of like playing hoop in the driveway or playing touch football in the street with the neighbor kids, building friendships and skills took practice and engagement. You do not become an empowered generation by sabotaging your own success, and we are destined to pick up our games and get leading: the 21st century and our younger generations need guidance.
Mike Murphy of Time magazine had a cool quote recently that he used in the context of pumping up the Republican party which was, “we can do the hard work we must do to win: leave our comfort zone, face and fix our policy weaknesses, revamp our rusty tactics and focus relentlessly on tomorrow’s voters instead of yesterday’s”. I liken his attitude to a larger demographic, the 80 million or so baby boomers who may be in need of a fresh mindset, and some inspirational rah-rah!
Climbing the ladder of life is the fun part of our journey. Think about that for a second and when you are feeling a little bit worn out, or burnt out. Walter Wriston, former chairman of CEO of Citigroup said “when you retire you go from who’s who to who’s that”. Ugh!
Investing in quality of life can be likened to the perpetual 401k, think about the diversification of personal attributes and adding value to the world for the betterment of humanity. If you keep your personal compass pointed in the direction of success you eventually will find happiness. Fearing success, or fearing that next ‘thing’ you want to try, disables our love of life.
You gotta fight for the right to ‘Maximize Your Quality of Life’. As Benjamin Franklin said, “time is money” it is up to each of us if we are going to increase our wealth, our personal bank of well-being, happiness and health. I believe together we’ve got a lot more in the tank baby. As my friend Judy Diaz of ‘Next Avenue’ said to me it’s all about “how to be my best over 50”!
I love it, how about you!?