Although a satisfying life often involves clarifying and pursuing goals (including some of your own!), the process isn't always a free ride. But the sooner that "ride" begins, the better, for people often note in reflective moments that some, perhaps much, of their current well-being rests upon targets set in the past.
Such targets (when genuinely our own) can be critical, functioning as beacons to pull us through inertia, misgivings, and the tough spots we
encounter on our way to the finish line. In fact, true goals call to us even from the very
beginning, where people so often dither, flounder, and scratch their heads.
If you have such goals, you could surprise even yourself with the accomplishments you rack up and/or
transitions you navigate...provided you make a start. So, particularly if you're a woman "of a certain age," please Do Not Wait
another day to begin setting and then acting upon your dreams and objectives.
Whatever you do or do not do, the big clock is ticking away; one day it may really be too late to be, do, or have some of those things you’ve been putting off. Or to be, do, or have some of the things you didn’t even realize you wanted. BTW, some serious thought about what YOU want for yourself might reveal more of those than you'd previously supposed...
When your destination is firmly set, a powerful but often overlooked tool stands ready to assist: small steps. Even a single one of those can kick off (and/or maintain) a process leading you forward. Unfortunately, people sometimes find such steps hard to take seriously because they seem so...well, small. And not only small, but perhaps pedestrian as well—far too lacking in the grand gestures, the drama and irrevocable acts that some may expect Change to entail.
Unfortunate as well? The procrastination that often ensues when people
believe that meeting their goals will require such behavior. Is that going to be your story? Not if you lay out a plan and start
working through the steps (think turtle on a mission, right?). Just do what you
need to do to get the job done: step by step, with maybe a leap or two
now and then when Turtle glimpses champagne or maybe chocolate(!) at the finish line. Slow-and-steady win lots of races, but an occasional sprint can also aid the cause.
You get to call it: whether hard, easy, or in-between
will depend upon your target, your circumstances, and how you
choose to play your game. If you could use some support at any point
during that "game," consider seeking it out. You
might be surprised at how a little help can speed things along.
Meanwhile, though, take even a single step that feels like progress.
Then, take another…and another, always remembering that getting there can sometimes be half the fun!