According to the Office of National Statistics the average age of death in the UK is 71.9 years for men and 82.8 years for women. Thinking about these averages, makes it feels much closer and makes me think about reaching the end of my life without regret, feeling that I lived it in the best way possible! How do we do that?
Judy and Adrian Reith are both professional coaches and writers, covering life, parenting and executive coaching. They facilitate events and coach individuals to prepare for a life well lived and their new book and crowd funding campaign is a mission to help people plan their later life and live with passion and purpose.
Australian born Judy has been a parenting expert for nearly 20 years. Her publications include ‘7 Secrets of Raising Girls Every Parent Must Know’, ‘Be a Great Mum’ and ‘Transform Living with Teenagers’. She draws on her professional training in child development, counselling and parent education to help thousands of parents. Since 2006 Adrian has specialised in executive and leadership coaching and facilitation and is a published author.
They have written this book based on their coaching experiences and the latest research with the aim of helping people over 50 live a better life and come to the end of their life without regrets.
‘Act 3 – How to Have a Better Life After 50′ is a book about living longer and achieving life goals that previous generations would have found impossible. We’re living 20 or more years longer than our grandparents – with better health and higher expectations. The book looks at the importance of making life meaningful and worthwhile to avoid regret and provides a structured, step-by-step plan for all areas of your life: Health, Home, Money, Work, Relationships, dealing with the World we live in, and Purpose or Meaning.
The key to avoiding these or other regrets is to find what You do that by listening to that inner part of you that for years has led a life governed by what you should do, instead of what you really want to do.
If you’re struggling to give yourself permission to think about what you really want in this stage of your life, then finding your purpose will bring contentment that life is worthwhile. For some it’s found in spending more time with loved ones, or volunteering and focusing on doing something that is of value to others. For some, it could be starting a business, or setting a big challenge that involves fitness or studying. Listening to your values is important and often something that we don’t take the time to do – ignoring them leaves you directionless, and more vulnerable to a life of sadness.
Many dying people express regret not having lived a life true to themselves. Consider the wisdom of those on their death bed according to a book by palliative care worker Bronnie Ware’s ‘The Top 5 Regrets of the Dying’
- I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
- I wish I hadn’t worked so hard
- I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
- I wish I’d stayed in touch with my friend
- I wish I had let myself be happier
‘Act3 – How to Live a Better Life After 50′ is a powerful Self-Help book – and Judy and Adrian Reith are offering an opportunity to get involved with supporting it and with the self-publishing of it.
You can do this is a variety of ways for a variety of different financial pledges, starting from simply pre-ordering the book and as an early stage funder you get your name in the book to say thank you, you can pledge to have your personal story incorporated in the book, a one-hour coaching session with the authors via Skype for one or two people, and many more great opportunities to support the book and get involved!
Judy and Adrian Reith would also love you to share with others who may benefit from this worthy mission.