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Friday, July 2, 2010

10 Reasons to Underachieve in Midlife

Are you in Midlife – over 35 maybe (perhaps well over 35) with lots left to offer to the world? You’re keen to make your mark and leave something behind for future generations?
Many people in midlife genuinely want to do something great but most don’t manage to do it. Why is that? What holds them back?

Here are 10 reasons why midlifers might underachieve (feel free to add more below):

  • Fear of failure
  • Lack of money
  • Not wanting to step outside of their comfort zone
  • Concern about feeling foolish
  • Not sure about their idea
  • Underestimating their own abilities
  • Don’t know where to start
  • Don’t know where to go for help
  • Fear of starting but not finishing
  • Not having enough time

Each of these reasons is a perfectly valid reason for our midlifer to stay where they are and carry on with their usual routine. They may be perfectly happy, but they will get to the end of their lives and wonder ‘what if?’

As Henry Ford said, ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.’ (my favourite saying and regulars readers of this blog will have seen me use it before …)

So what’s holding you back? Please let me know and perhaps we can work together to move forward.  Join The Mid Life Opportunity where this will become a major theme when the main site launches at the end of the summer.

You’ve got in you, I’m sure!
The Mid Life Opportunity ( is a community for Mid Lifers. Advice and Guidance will soon be available from The Mid Life Coaching Panel. It’s free to join so what are you waiting for? Complete the form on the right hand side of this post…Tx