(Distinctions are subtleties of language that, when gotten, cause a shift in a belief, behavior, value or attitude.)

A mid-life crisis can include upset, trauma, tears, anger, dislocation, and several other troubling conditions. Mid-life crises are usually triggered by a sudden awareness of the passing years, of roads not taken, of relationships not fulfilled.

[An awareness wake up…. 2/3’s of the Earth s population has been born since we watched Man first walk on the Moon. To them it is an event of historic interest, not a personal experience.]

In short, mid-life crises are anything but fun.

Mid-life clarity is different. You may have the same sudden awarenesses, the same wake up calls, even some of the same sadness and upset, but clarity differs from crisis when you realize that you are still above ground!

You can start doing something different today. You can get clear about what you really want. You can leave a different legacy than the one you’re currently creating.

No, you can’t undo your past. But you can use it to get clarity about your future. You still have choice.

Coaching Point: Why try to get clarity all by yourself? Get help.

Copyright 2005 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.