Are you "getting" older or "growing" older?

As I'm celebrating another wonderful year of life, I'm reflecting on how I'm using these years best and what wisdom I am gaining and how I feel about different aspects of my life.

What does it mean to you to grow older? Are you gaining wisdom? Are you learning lessons? Are you making smarter choices and decisions?  Do you feel content and happy, and are you contributing to others happiness and contentment?

or........

Are there places/parts of your life where you feel stuck or in a fixed mindset??  Changing your mindset to a growth mindset allows new opportunities and possibilities to happen.  You will feel happier and more productive.  

Think about this, if stuff in your life feels like it sucks or it is not the best way you would like it to be, how can either that be changed or your perspective of it so you start to feel good.

You are in charge, as you 'grow' older, its about taking ownership, about standing up for yourself and not settling for less!

Whether it is in your work or your sports, or in your relationships or your lifestyle, a few simple changes can help give you a new perspective and greater chances for success and fulfilment.

Offer words of appreciation. Let people know how much you value them.  Your performance and happiness will increase in direct proportion to the appreciation that you show others. 

Choose to see opportunity. The next time you are faced with an obstacle, flip it around and consider it an opportunity. Face the challenge with optimism.  You’ll be surprised at how quickly problems dissolve and how soon optimism becomes your default mechanism.

Remind yourself that there is more than enough. There is enough pie to go around, so break that nasty habit of comparing yourself to others. Repeat everyday!: There is plenty for everyone. Say the sentence often enough, and it’ll become second nature.

Carefully select the company you keep. Mindsets are contagious. Think about it!

Spend time in reflection. Learn to acknowledge and appreciate all the positives in your life and work. Gratitude is a powerful aspect of an abundant mindset. A grateful heart is at the center of an abundant life. In his book, Life, the Truth, and Being Free, coach and speaker Steve Maraboli comments that, “Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.”

Give more of what you want. Although it may sound counterintuitive, one of the best ways to increase your abundance is to give. Don’t feel like you have enough time? Slip away from your obligations, even if just for an hour, to help someone in need. Don’t feel like you have enough money? Give to someone less fortunate. In other words, be a river, not a reservoir. Giving is sure to put you in a more abundant and appreciative frame of mind.

A few little changes can take you from 'getting' older to 'growing' older and theres a world of difference there about how you feel about life***