The young savages with 40 or 50
What is old, what is young? In our society there are different opinions and evaluations about what is old and what is young. And it shows how great the balancing act is - and how varied the range of possibilities.
In political careers, a mid-forties goes smoothly as a young savage, a 30jähriger is considered a "greenhorn". In the majority of human resources departments, however, from the very middle of 40 employees and potential applicants are being given dwindling performance and low flexibility.
The special abilities of the silver ridges
Reason enough to consider the phenomenon of an aging society from the very opposite perspective. The following questions arise:
- What have we, who are no longer young and not yet old, with special abilities?
- What paths are open to us?
- And how do we succeed in developing and implementing ideas and desires for a very long-term career - and thus also individually - meaningful life?
Time of change
Because with an increasingly higher life expectancy, more and more people want to live beyond the age of so-called retirement from their professional activities.
"Time of upheaval and departure" was the name given by GEO Wissen in an 2012 thematic magazine to this phase in our lives. "The potential for change of the elderly is immense," says the New Yorker Professorin Ursula Staudinger im SPIEGEL Interview "Life is a construction site" by the 29.8.2013.
From the very beginning of our lives, we have the opportunity to discover completely new perspectives in many different ways, from dreams that we have perhaps not lived, from our memory-books - and with our experience to new, perhaps surprising ones Life plans.
But after we have answered the question, which chances people in the middle of life are open, it is now concrete: How can you use his potential? Because one thing is clear: starting afresh is not a privilege of youth.
The older the better
It is our experiential knowledge that - cleverly used - empowers us in the middle of the world for the rapid classification of impressions and events - and gives us the power of precise judgment.
The renowned neuropsychologist Ernst Pöppel puts it on the formula "the older the better". Although in the middle of our lives, the attention peaks at which our brains are prepared to accept completely new things are further apart than in the case of the boys - Pöppel speaks of the slower metronome.
We combine differently in age
On the other hand, in the wave valleys between two so-called oscillation points, there are greater possibilities of combination for everything that bursts upon us. We process and combine different impressions more sustainably and draw from our experience.
An invaluable advantage when it comes to reorientation. And, in this way, really to achieve the will-forming process, from a first timidly flourishing idea, which could still be possible.
Volotion - with deliberation and intensity
In science, this process is termed "volition" and means that the truly volitional talent pursued its goal with deliberation and intensity at the same time: "An arrangement of self-regulatory strategies in which explicit action tendencies over pure behavioral impulses dominate" as a study of the Management Academy Review formulated (Kehr, H. 2004, 29, 479-499).
In this will-forming process, the willingness to change reflects on his current situation, embarks on the introspection of his abilities, qualities and motives, and creates a landscape of ideas, which could now be possible - in order to decide on a goal.
From will to implementation
A very big, important step in this "career" of the will. Now the step into the implementation is only a small one.
This process can be learned and especially people in the middle of life can draw on the abundance of their already lived life and their judgment in the important balancing processes. The decisive one Impuls to realize the careful planning can lie in a finding of the author Harald Martenstein: "What does not happen now, will never happen again".
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