A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life

‘A’ is for Having an Ageless Attitude

April 1, 2018
Ageless Attitude

Ageless Attitude

 

So here we are at the beginning of the A to Z Guide to Thriving in Life and what better way to start than with ‘A’ is for Ageless Attitude and taking an Audit of your Life.

Before you can think of taking the audit you really need to also address your ATTITUDE.  Are you prepared to honestly audit your life and then commit to making changes that may be required?

Our ATTITUDE to anything in life can make or break whatever we hope to achieve.  You can find support but ultimately your attitude and commitment is in your power.

You have the choice to Thrive or to Stagnate – which will you choose?

Having An Ageless Attitude

Focusing on the number rather than life can affect our attitude to how we live and what we do with our lives.

Let’s throw out the word ‘age’ and replace with ‘ageless’.  When we use the word ‘age’ we immediately throw barriers up or are perceived in a certain way.  People may say ‘good for your age’ – but we shouldn’t be defined by that.  It is our attitude to life that defines us, not how many years we have been on this planet.

The technical meaning of Audit is
an official inspection of an organization’s accounts, typically by an independent body.“audits can’t be expected to detect every fraud”

However, when I started digging into synonyms of the word audit, I found words such as ‘inspection, survey, scrutiny, evaluation, dissection.  But I also found positive words such as flourishing, blooming, develop, growth, shine, succeed.

We audit our personal finances and make sure they are healthy and enough to provide a comfortable lifestyle.  We audit practical areas such as electricity or telephone accounts to ensure we are getting the best deal or there are no erroneous charges.

BUT…… Have you thought about taking an Audit of your Life?   By this I mean, taking the time to actually consider your life by evaluation and dissection of where you are currently and where you would like to see yourself and how you feel your life should be.

I recently learned about the term “life audit’ whilst reading the THRIVE journal which my daughter had given me as a gift.

10 Inspiring Quotes for an Ageless Attitude

Taking an Audit of your Life

So what is a Life Audit and why should you do one?

A life audit is all about checking in with yourself and really delving into what is happening in your life right now.  That includes your physical, mental and spiritual state.  There are three steps to the audit:

1. List your dreams and goals

2. Time to see what areas of your life are important to you – write down how much time you spend on the different areas in your life.

3. Finally set your intention to achieve your goals and dreams

You can refer to my previous post Thriving with the right mindset which refers to each of the three steps above in more detail.

Undertaking a Life Audit will give you an opportunity to see exactly where you are in life and what you might need to change if you aren’t satisfied with your direction.

In order to Thrive in Life we need to know where we are, what we want and how we will get there.  We also need to commit to making it happen.

You might also like to take this quiz from Thrive Global – Taking your Thrive Pulse as a starting point.

Would you be prepared to undertake a Life Audit in order to Thrive?

 

'A' is for Ageless Attitude

In my next post in the A to Z Guide to Thriving, I’m discussing ‘B’ is for Beauty – The importance of inner beauty.

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72 Comments

  • Reply jodie filogomo April 1, 2018 at 09:54

    Absolutely fabulous!!!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Reply Jo Tracey April 1, 2018 at 10:37

    Very true. Where my goals are & where my time is spent are at opposite ends of the spectrum. Most of my time is spent in the day job – with my stuff pigeonholed in on weekends, late at night, or early in the morning. It’s a constant juggle and a schedule that isn’t conducive to thriving. Sometimes it feels all work. When it does get too much I have to remind myself that I’m doing this because I haven’t given up on my dream to make all my money from writing.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 1, 2018 at 12:51

      Oh never give up on that dream Jo, no matter how hard it gets. Besides you can have a rest in France LOL:)

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 1, 2018 at 14:54

    Wow! You’ve certainly started with a Bang! Lots of great information and I think that Agelessness should be the new catchcry for our generation Sue. We’re not young, we’re not old, and I don’t like the term “middle-aged” so I think Ageless is the way to go!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 1, 2018 at 17:08

      All thanks to you! My topic for my talk next month will be about having an Ageless Attitude, it was one of those light bulb moments when I knew how to describe myself! We are off and running on the challenge and now turning back now!

      • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 4, 2018 at 12:16

        Well we’re off and running with another #MLSTL Sue – my head’s spinning with the AtoZ as well – lucky we’re such great multi-taskers!

        I’ve shared this on my SM and I hope you have a lovely day xx

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2018 at 14:04

          Yep! April has certainly started in a frantic way and we are only up to D!!!

  • Reply Kalpanaa April 1, 2018 at 20:05

    This is a wonderful post. I love the encouragement I get from your blog for being happy with the stage of life I’m at. I took the thrive test and I’m certainly going to do an audit. Maybe not publicly, but I will do one.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:07

      Thanks Kalpanaa and I’m pleased you find encouragement from my blog. We don’t have to tell others what our thrive test or audit reveals it is really just a learning for ourselves. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by x

  • Reply Namratha April 1, 2018 at 20:46

    Would I be ready to take a lofe audit? Well, I think the results would not be suprising but any type of change takes dedicated effort. But as you have rightly pointed out attitude is key.

    http://namysaysso.com/blog/audacity-atoz2018/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:07

      Attitude certainly is the key Namratha! Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 1, 2018 at 21:45

    I love the term ageless Sue. I’d never thought of the term life audit but I think I did one without knowing it when I had a huge life change a few years ago, very much looking forward to your A-Z posts

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:09

      Yes I’m hooked on that now Jennifer because it really describes how I want my life to be. I enjoyed your Ancestry post in your first AtoZ and looking forward to reading ‘B’. Have a great day! x

  • Reply Dyanne Dillon April 1, 2018 at 23:00

    I’m going to enjoy your Challenge posts, Sue, I can tell already! Age is a state of mind. I still feel like I’m, oh, 11 inside. Then I’m shocked when I try to do something that 11 year old me would do, like jump over something, and 57 year old me can’t quiiiite pull it off….

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:11

      Thanks Dyanne and yes I still feel I’m maybe not 11 but close to it! I’ve turned 60 last year and keep fit by running, yoga and body workouts. It really is all in the way we look at ourselves and our attitude. I’ve just noticed you are taking part in the AtoZ Challenge as well so off to read about Acai Bowl (they are delicious!)

  • Reply Karen Hume April 1, 2018 at 23:01

    I love doing a life audit, Sue, and confess that it’s how I spend a good chunk of my time in retirement. Why do I say confess? Time for reflection is one of the true benefits of aging. I suspect it’s part of what helps us in feeling ageless.

    You’re off to a great start, Sue. I’m already looking forward to tomorrow’s post.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:14

      That is so true Karen! I probably don’t take enough time out for reflection but hopefully I might take some of my own advice that I’m writing in my AtoZ. I enjoyed your contribution and we are both writing about Ageless – which is great! Thanks for visiting and see you tomorrow. x

  • Reply Bev Baird April 2, 2018 at 00:57

    Loved your post – and advice!
    I am participating in the challenge as well – with art.
    Here’s a link to my first:
    http://bunnysgirl.blogspot.ca/2018/03/a-for-art.html

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:18

      Hi Bev, thanks for visiting and leaving a comment. I will enjoy following your Art as I did not get that gene unfortunately. Have a great day and looking forward to ‘B’.

  • Reply Heather Erickson April 2, 2018 at 07:19

    I’m glad we are starting ageless, because I may not be 50 yet, but I need a dose of what you’re dishing out! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog this month and beyond. Happy A to Z!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 08:21

      Hi Heather! Having an Ageless Attitude just was a light bulb moment for me and such a positive way to look at life. Thanks for stopping by and I’ve visited your post as well. Happy AtoZ to you! xx

  • Reply Sydney Shop Girl April 2, 2018 at 08:33

    Sue, thanks for this positive take on taking control of our futures as we age. I need to remind myself to audit my life. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut and feel as if there’s something missing…

    SSG xxx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 09:05

      That is common isn’t it SSG – feeling in a rut. Now I have discovered life audits I am definitely going to incorporate them regularly into my life. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Anne April 2, 2018 at 09:29

    I don’t think about my age often and don’t feel any particular age. However, I think reviewing where you are and where you would like to be and importantly what you would like to be doing is important – you can then make changes to be where you want to be and be doing what you want to do.
    Happy A to Z-ing

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:24

      Hi Anne! Thanks for visiting and I enjoyed your post A is for Arthur. Happy A to Z Challenge to you.

  • Reply Karen April 2, 2018 at 09:49

    Attitude is everything. I like the idea of a life audit. Weekends In Maine

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:21

      Thanks Karen and I enjoyed your Artic Blasts post to start your challenge. I’ve been to Boston but not Maine and in Brisbane, Australia we never get too cold. Take the life audit and see what your results are. Happy AtoZ Challenge.

  • Reply Katherine April 2, 2018 at 10:06

    I hope I’m growing up (heh) with an ageless attitude. And I think you’re so right. Life is what you make of it and not something that you should always let happen to you.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:17

      Well you are never too young to start having an ageless attitude because then you will never look at aging in a negative way. It is up to us to have a good life. Our attitude is just so important. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Natalie April 2, 2018 at 11:13

    Hi Sue – You’re off to a great start with your A to Z challenge! Totally agreed with your “ageless” and life audit. I’m reading you post on “B” next.

  • Reply Ness April 2, 2018 at 11:17

    A life audit sounds like something that could benefit me. Going through a rough patch at the moment and need to focus on what’s important. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:15

      Oh sorry to hear you are going through a rough patch Ness. It is easy to get off track and forget what is important in our lives when we are experiencing bad times. I hope things improve and perhaps a life audit just might help. x

  • Reply Arlee Bird April 2, 2018 at 13:52

    This is excellent. Great advice for any age. I’ve often audited my life to one degree or another going way back. I’m still looking at the future, but as I get older I’m seeing more limitations. Attitude is the closest thing to rocket fuel to propel us onward.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out (A)

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:06

      I love your last sentence Arlee – ‘Attitude is the closes thing to rocket fuel to propel us onward’. We are really only limited by ourselves. Thanks for stopping by for the AtoZ Challenge

  • Reply Donna April 2, 2018 at 15:13

    Hi, Sue – I love your mixture of your focus on ‘thriving’ with the ‘A to Z Challenge’. I fully agree with you that “our attitude and commitment are in OUR power.” I look forward to reading more!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 2, 2018 at 15:28

      Thanks Donna! I keep learning with each challenge. I think I have a topic and then discover something else which is a great way to extend myself. Happy AtoZ Challenge to you!

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 2, 2018 at 15:39

    Wow, I love the term ageless! I also love the concept of taking an audit of my life, although I think that could lead to a serious wakeup call! How many wakeup calls can one deal with at once,I wonder?

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2018 at 08:51

      Yes I love that term too Shirley! We can all do with wake up calls occasionally. xx

  • Reply Debbie Harris April 2, 2018 at 16:54

    I love this post Sue and your quotes were all brilliant. I love the one that says we don’t age we just get riper 🙂
    You’ve started this challenge so well and I look forward to reading your next posts. Thanks for being a champion for the cause of agelessness. xx

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 3, 2018 at 08:48

      Yes that was my favourite as well Deb! Thanks for supporting me and my blog and have a fabulous week xx

  • Reply Denyse April 3, 2018 at 14:07

    You have made an excellent start with your A-Z.

    I am of the opinion, based on our experiences, we need to remember our chronological age to have a reality check (and a medical/dental check!) in terms of health status. I have noticed that the closer to 70 we are, (B & I are 69 & 68) the body is behaving in some different ways and it is part of what cannot be changed.

    I rarely think about age in terms of fun, getting out and about and chatting with people from all walks of life and ages! This is where an ageless attitude is so good.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek 14/52. Next week’s optional prompt is “Share Your Snaps” an every 5 week prompt in 2018. Denyse.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2018 at 09:39

      Hi Denyse! Thanks for the compliment and yes we do have to remember our medical check ups that is for sure because we do want to be healthy and fit for as long as we can. Thanks for the link up and see you next week. x

  • Reply Jan Wild April 3, 2018 at 15:15

    I love the idea of an ageless attitude – no doubt your attitude defines very much how you experience your life. And yes an audit is always a good idea. I definitely give you an A for this post 😉

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2018 at 09:36

      Thanks for the A Jan! I think ageless attitude is such a wonderful concept and although I’ve heard it before I just had the light bulb moment where I could define how I felt about myself. Have a great week! x

  • Reply Melanie April 4, 2018 at 01:54

    I’m ready to go through an audit! I have been thinking about it all but I am ready to start journaling and blogging about it and making the necessary changes that I need to do. One thing that I have realized is that I am spending way too much time on social media, but I am having few interactions or connections. I am getting caught up on reading all of the negative political stuff and other stuff going on in the world, but i need to spend more time on motivational stuff. Thanks for this! x0x0

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2018 at 09:31

      Now that is an interesting point Melanie about spending more time on social media but with fewer interactions and connections. Good for you in being ready for a life audit! You go girl!

  • Reply Christie Hawkes April 4, 2018 at 11:45

    I haven’t ever performed a life audit, though I’ve taken an online passion course, a strengths finder exam, and other self-discovery type quizzes. As I enter a new phase of life, an audit may be in order. Maybe I’ll start with taking my thrive pulse. Thanks Sue. What a great start to your A-Z challenge. Best of luck to you!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2018 at 14:03

      The online passion course sounds interesting Christie, because sometimes I find it difficult to define what my passion in life is. Thanks for the supportive comments and have a great day!

  • Reply Min@WriteoftheMiddle April 4, 2018 at 14:34

    I’m all for a life audit Sue. I’ve basically been doing that for the last 5 or so years. It’s been about rediscovering who I am or who this midlife version of me is and understanding myself and what I need to feel happy and balanced. It’s not something that once done is complete. It needs to be done regularly, as things can change. Part of this process has been to cut out the people pleasing side of my nature and make myself a priority for a change. It ultimately benefits others anyway as I’m far more pleasant to be around when I’m content and happy! 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:19

      People pleasing is the biggest problem I have Min and I think it will always be a WIP for me. We do need to take time out to reflect and look to our inner selves every now and then to see if we are content or if we are getting off track. Have a great week and hope all going well with you xx

  • Reply Jo Castro April 4, 2018 at 17:09

    I also agree that it’s so easy to get trapped in the self inflicted age-ist cage and that we should.throw out the word ‘age’ and replace it with ‘ageless’. I’ve caught myself throwing up barriers about how I perceive the world views me now I’ve turned 60, and in most cases it’s just not so – it’s just me pidgeonholeing myself in that way. I do think that it’s our attitude to life that defines us, not how many years we’ve lived. But this attitude still needs constant attention. Shared and Pinned 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:22

      I agree Jo that we need to review our attitude regularly. Sometimes I limit myself because of being 60 when inside and physically I feel much younger. Anyway I’m giving Ageless Attitude a red hot go! 🙂

  • Reply Bren Lee April 4, 2018 at 22:57

    Hi Sue,

    Absolutely ADORE this! So many focus on that “age” number thing. I prefer not to. I mean, I know there are benefits as we hit certain numbers but other than that, it’s just a number, right? Isn’t age a state of mind? At least, that is how I prefer to look at it. The quotes you shared are absolutely beautiful. I appreciate you sharing this on Ageless Attitude. Again, adore it.

    Have a great day!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:50

      It is a state of mind Bren and a positive mindset will always be young! Thank you so much for your positive comments and taking the time to visit. Have a great day yourself!

  • Reply Michele April 5, 2018 at 01:20

    I love the idea of an age audit, but really everyone should do it. We should regularly take stock of our lives and see where we are living up to our dreams and goals and where we are sliding and then adjust as necessary. I love it that our generation is redefiningg what “age” is. The number doesn’t matter anymore, it is about how you feel and what you do with your life!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:46

      Oh yes Michele, a life audit is great for any stage of life. I also agree that our generation is redefining how we perceive aging and it is very positive! have a great day!

  • Reply Amy Johnson April 5, 2018 at 02:14

    Great advice and something we should do through out our lives. But as a Christian I would add another element: asking not just what my goals or dreams are, but what does God want me to do.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:43

      Thanks for the extra bit of advice Amy and I hope you have a beautiful day !

  • Reply Victoria April 5, 2018 at 06:19

    As a friend and I were just discussing it is always good to look back and see where we came from. Age is just a number it is all about attitude.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2018 at 09:40

      It is important to look back on our lives Victoria. I know people say we shouldn’t look back but to me seeing where I was and where I am now is a wonderful journey to show me who I really am.

  • Reply Nancy Andres April 5, 2018 at 08:06

    Wonderful post. Love the idea of taking a life audit and seeing how much actual time I spend on each area of my life. Your attitude is ageless and so go it girl. Pinned this to my beauty and self-care board for all to see and enjoy.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 6, 2018 at 10:22

      Thanks Nancy for your lovely comment and a life audit is something we can do periodically as our life changes. have a great day and here’s to an Ageless Attitude x

  • Reply Jean | DelightfulRepast.com April 8, 2018 at 01:44

    Hello Sue, this is a lovely post. I love the words ‘ageless,’ ‘attitude’ and ‘audit.’ I give myself fairly regular life audits and have recently added something to my health regime that I might blog about soon. No matter what age a person is, they can benefit from an audit and a good attitude.

  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak April 9, 2018 at 01:53

    Congratulations! Your post was my feature pick at #OverTheMoon this week. Each Hostess displays their own features so be sure to visit me on Sunday evening and to see your feature! I invite you to leave more links to be shared and commented upon. Please don’t forget to add your link numbers or post title so we can be sure to visit!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 9, 2018 at 12:05

      Thanks Marilyn it was a lovely surprise to start my week. x

  • Reply Rebecca Forstadt Olkowski April 10, 2018 at 02:10

    Wonderful post, Sue and I love your video too. I like to think of myself as ageless rather than aging. It’s all about attitude.

  • Reply Ahan Jeniah Burton April 11, 2018 at 13:18

    In the aftermath of my husband’s death, I’m taking something of an informal life audit….I still have two teenagers to finish raising. But this post is inspirational, and I may do a more comprehensive survey in the coming months, as things settle..

    Thank you for sharing!

    https://shanjeniah.blog/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2018 at 13:53

      Oh I’m so sorry for your loss and with two teenagers it must be a very difficult time. You are wise to take your time at the moment until you feel more settled. Thank you for visiting and I hope you have a beautiful day. xx

  • Reply Grammy Dee | Grammy's Grid April 15, 2018 at 21:25

    No way could I post every day but congrats on your effort! My inbox is full of the A-Z challenge posts. I like yours for the letter A! Age is just a number, right? Shared x 4 ♥

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 16, 2018 at 12:56

      I know I think Leanne and I are gluttons for punishment Dee but we are over halfway through now. Thanks so much for sharing xx

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