We have had such unique weather this past season in the Philadelphia area! It
was 70 degrees in late January and then the temperature dropped to 20 degrees a
week later. I was shocked when we had snow in April!
It reminds me of the unique challenges that Baby Boomers are experiencing that
will forever change the term ‘retirement’ and the definition of ‘success’.
You may have had a ‘70 degree day in January’ with a recent success and lots of
excitement around a satisfied client, promotion or great sales deal and then had
a ‘20 degree day the following week” when the company started to reorganize or
you started to wonder, “I know that I don’t want to be doing the same
thing in the next 5 years, but what else is there?”
Many of you have shared these sentiments with me, and are beginning to ask the
question so that you can map out a sound transition plan. It takes courage and
wisdom to step outside your comfort zone, and ask yourself the hard questions
that require change and accountability to your dreams.
Oftentimes, the comfort zone isn’t really ‘comfortable’, but it’s familiar. One
of my clients wrote to me, “I haven’t felt like I’ve been ‘winning’ for so long
in this organization that I lost sight of my talents. I just never framed things
that I have accomplished the way you did.” A client success story . . . this
client changed jobs and landed a promotion!
I encourage you to begin asking yourself the questions outlined in the Coaching
Exercise, following our article, “Baby Boomers Redefine Success!”
One of my passions is to take an active part in this
‘longevity revolution’ (the overarching term for these trail-blazing
changes of baby boomers) through my coaching/speaking, and communicating trends,
issues, and resources.
Drop me a note with your thoughts, questions, and success stories!
Enjoy more ’70 degree days in January’!
Baby Boomers Redefine Success!
It’s an exciting time for us, as Baby Boomers – wouldn’t you agree?
If you’re like many baby boomers, you have a burning desire to make a
difference, have experienced job loss through down-sizing, or feel confused
about navigating the challenges of corporate leadership or your next career
In true baby boomer style, we are reinventing retirement, living longer and
healthier, and want to find more meaning and passion in our lives.
We are also redefining success!
Webster defines success as “a favorable or desired outcome or
result; degree or measure of succeeding; the attainment of wealth, favor, or
eminence; one who succeeds.”
Baby boomers are defining success in their career reinvention
and un-retirement work to include “finding meaning, fulfillment, and
lasting relationships”. I call this the ‘inside-out’ definition of
Authors of the book, Success Built To Last, (Porras, Emery, Thompson)
support baby boomers' definition of success. They define success as “a life and
work that brings personal fulfillment and lasting relationships and makes a
difference in the work in which they live”.
With the increased desire to have more meaning in one’s life and making a
difference beyond an immediate role, many people hire a coach to help them
clearly define their values and life purpose. Although one’s life purpose is
described in a simple statement, it’s much more difficult to discover because of
the personal depth that it represents.
Success and Your Life Purpose:
You might be asking yourself, why spend the time to discover my life purpose?
How do I know if I need to invest the time? Here are a few questions to consider
. . . .
- Have you experienced the level of success that you know you are capable of?
- Have you felt, at times, as if something is ‘missing’ from your life?
Why make the investment? Because. . . most people experience
greater success in their life when they can identify and align with their life
What is meant by life purpose? One person defined their life
purpose as ‘promoting peace’. Another person defined their life purpose as
‘having those that know me best, respect me most’.
Each person has a unique and specific purpose. Rather than finding your purpose
in a career or job, as some people think, it’s an overarching foundation for
your life and is much broader than one job or career. You use your career and
life to accomplish your broadly stated ‘purpose’.
Stephen Covey describes your life purpose as a key element in crafting your
mission statement, which is defined as "connecting with your own unique purpose
and the profound satisfaction that comes in fulfilling it."
Now, why would Covey focus on your life purpose when he’s a time
management expert? From his perspective, you might be wasting years
if you’re misaligned with your life purpose, so why worry about saving
The principle is that if you’re aligned with what is most important to you, you
are more productive, focused, and more effective at prioritizing your time vs.
What is YOUR definition of success?
COACHING EXERCISE: 10 Clues to Your
Most people leave clues about their life purpose or definition of success that
can easily be discovered by answering a few questions. Find a quiet spot for
reflection, and have fun discovering clues to your success!
1. What do you love to do? When you have spare time, how do you like to spend
2. What do you daydream about doing?
3. What parts of your present job or life activities do you thoroughly enjoy?
4. What do you naturally do well?
5. Is there a cause about which you feel passionate?
6. Imagine you are writing your epitaph. What things do you want to be
remembered for, at the end of your life?
7. What would you do if you knew you could not fail?
8. What would you love to do/be/accomplish in your life (personally or
professionally) so that you consider your life to have been well-lived?
9. What is your passion in life or what makes you the happiest and most
10. If you could devote your life to contributing to or serving others, and
still have the money and lifestyle you needed, what would you do and how would
Success Built To Last – Creating A Life That Matters by Jerry Porras,
Stewart Emery, Mark Thompson. Wharton School Publishing, 2007
Succeed On Your Own Terms – Lessons from Top Achievers Around the World On
Developing Your Unique Potential by Herb Greenberg and Patrick Sweeney.
McGraw Hill Publishing, 2006
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle. 2005
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NEWS & EVENTS:
May 9, 2007: Women-owned Conference Series
“Intra-Networking and Net-Weaving: Building Win-Win Relationships One
Connection at a Time”
Sponsored by Montgomery County Woman-Owned Business Network, scheduled for 7
weeks in Spring and Fall semesters.
Specifics: 5:00pm – 6:30pm; Montgomery County Community College
(MCCC) Blue Bell, PA
Contact: MCCC, 215-641-6397; Susan Race, Program Coordinator,
Previous Event – Reference/Resources:
March 26, 2007: Women’s Conference
“The Power of Coaching: Learn; Explore; Experience”
Sponsored by Women’s MBA Network
The evening featured nine coaches from the Greater Philadelphia area conducting
a group panel about coaching, followed by individual breakout sessions so you
can learn more about specific topics.
Break-out Session delivered by Gerrie: “Intra-Networking and
Net-Weaving: Building Win-Win Relationships One Connection at a Time”
Handouts: You can access the handouts from all break-out
sessions at the following link:
March 23, 2007: Business Team Retreat
“Relationship Building & Communications”
Sponsored by Judy Kosek DeLello, CEO of Informed Systems, Inc
Established in 1995, Informed Systems, Inc. (ISI) is a
consulting company, specializing in the value-added reselling of
Microsoft Business Solutions.