Is 50 too late to Change Your Life?
Is 50 too late to change your life? No way! Age 50 and beyond is the perfect time to change and create a life you love. Get started today!
The second half of life can be just as full of purpose, fun, adventure, and passion as the first!
July 2023 Update: I wrote this post three years ago and so much has changed since then. In those three years, I transitioned to being a full-time life coach and blogger. I bought my first house on my own last year at the age of 60.
A couple of months ago I started a podcast , Midlife Spotlight, with a coach-friend in New Zealand. At 61, I feel like I really have changed my life and it’s exciting.
Here’s something you may never have even considered before. The years you have after 50, may turn out to be the best years of your life.
In fact, I can guarantee that they are the best years of your life, because they are the only years you’re going to have at this point.
You can’t go back in time. Those days, whether good or bad, are in the past.
Now, from this minute on, you have a clean slate and you can do whatever you want with it.
Isn’t that exciting????
Is 50 too late to change your life?
I don’t think so. But I know a lot of you still think it’s too late and that your best years are behind you.
You might think things like:
I’m too old
I’m too overweight
I don’t have any motivation
I don’t have anything to offer
It’s too late to start something new
I just don’t know what to do
Creating a New Mindset After 50
No matter what you think about your life, it is just your thinking. Look at the list above. You probably think that some of them are true.
But none of them are actually true statements. They might be things you have been thinking or saying for so long that you believe them now.
Sometimes we think things over and over and it begins to feel like the truth. While they might seem true, they probably aren’t.
Yet, the beautiful thing is that it’s just our thoughts. Age, weight, motivation, or whatever have nothing to do with changing your life.
Why People Don’t Change Their Lives After 50
Here is where most people go wrong. They try to change what they DO, without changing their beliefs and feelings first.
When you are thinking things like the list above, you probably feel defeated before you even start anything. From there you don’t have the power to take effective action.
Another reason we don’t try to change our lives is because we can’t do it perfectly. We get stuck with an idea of perfection that we can’t live up to.
Diets are a perfect example of this. We try to change what we are doing but we can only keep doing this for a limited time before mess up.
Then we go back to our old habits because we think that one mess up means we can’t get results ever.
It’s not because you are lazy or have no willpower. It’s simply because your brain likes things to be easy. And doing what you’ve always done is WAY easier than creating change in your life.
How to Change Your Life After 50
But here’s the secret to all change. The worst that’s going to happen is that you will have some uncomfortable feelings. Yep, you’ll FEEL uncomfortable, sometimes.
And when you feel uncomfortable, your brain is going to try to convince you to go back to the couch and Netflix by saying things like, “This is never going to work.” “What are you doing? This is no fun!”
When you try to change your life by saying, “NO” to some things and saying “YES” to other things, you are going to feel some emotions such as:
None of these feelings mean you shouldn’t change. They just mean that you are having some thoughts about the change and those thoughts are creating some uncomfortable feelings.
When you learn to be uncomfortable with discomfort, then that is when you can truly change your life!
Here are some other emotions that you’ll feel when you start challenging yourself to feel new emotions. How to Be Happy With Yourself
Why Do You Think 50 is Too Late to Change Your Life?
I’m too old.
There’s not enough time to change my life.
I am so far on the other side of 50, that I’m going to have to start writing about life after 60 soon! But back when I was turning 50, I did think that I was getting old.
Much of it is the way we’ve been raised and taught. We tend to think excitement, passion, adventure, and achievement are for younger people.
How many of you think, honestly that you can’t possibly do great things after 50?
That, my friends is the biggest lie, that we’ve been taught.
Of course, none of us knows how many years we have left, even if we’re 20. There’s an assumption that a 20-year old will have many years to achieve something and a 50-year old is about done.
At 50, you might have 30, 40, or even 50 years yet!
Even if you just have a few years, wouldn’t you want them to be the best ones of your life?
I sure do!
What Does it Take to Change Your Life After 50?
While you may still think 50 is too late to change your life, I hope you are now entertaining the possibility that it is definitely not.
To change your life after 50, you need to feel for that little spark inside of you.
You need to see if it’s still there. Maybe it’s tiny or burning brightly. But if you still have some spark, then you’ve still got some living to do!
The first thing it takes is belief that it is possible to change your life after 50.
What is it you want? To be thinner, wealthier, happier in your relationships, live with purpose, love yourself?
The changes you can create are endless.
Maybe you don’t even know right now. Maybe all you know is that you want more out of life.
That’s enough to start changing.
But I Hate Change!
That’s your old brain telling you that. Change and getting out of our comfort zones is good for us. Using your brain to consciously create your life is great for you!
You don’t have to even do anything outrageous to change your life. Believing in yourself and your value in the world is a huge change for most people. Accepting that and contributing to the world is also great fun.
Changing in ways that you want and that are aligned with your values is life-giving. Every single thing in your life can change for the better.
Instead of dreading these next years—you can enjoy and even look forward to the life you will have!
And that my friends, is the answer to the question, is 50 too late to change your life?
Keep showing up my friends,
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