This is 40...What Would I Go Back And Tell My Younger Self

Mar 09, 2022

Life offers us little lessons every single day. Are you paying attention?

February 28th, 2022 was my 43rd birthday. When I turned 40, one goal I had was to share forty lessons I've learned so far.

What would I go back and tell my younger self? What are the little lessons I've learned that have fundamentally changed how I lead, parent, and show up in my life?

What could I share that I used to mess up that might offer someone else a new perspective or value?

Well, life happened, and I never got around to it at 40. When I turned 41, I said it would be the year – still didn't do it.

Now I'm just going to go for it, and I am on the hook by declaring it here!

Over the next few months, I'll share 40 life lessons + three bonus ones (in random order) and I will update this blog post as we go.

Let's get started . . .

Life Lesson #1: It's never too late to get started!

I have often had goals and aspirations over the years that silently swirled in my head or took WAY longer (maybe years longer) to get any real traction.

But, if it's still calling to you, I believe it's there for a reason.

And if you don't listen to your intuition and what's in your heart, you might miss out on something extraordinary or what you really want or important growth or all of the above.

So, what is a calling to you? What is a change you've wanted to make for some time, but you tell yourself that you are too old or not qualified enough or it's too hard or too risky or that it's not the right time or maybe you missed your window?

What's one action you can take to get things going?

It could be "one day" or today could be "day one". You get to choose!

All my best, 


Click on each lesson to read the blog post:

#1: It's never too late to get started!

#2: What do you NOT want?

#3: What you really want is what you must really go for!

#4: You’re probably not going to want to do it

#5: Hunt for the good every single day

#6: When things feel hard and overwhelming, slow down and do less, instead of plowing through.

#7: You can’t see how all the dots will connect YET

#8: Take the trip!

#9: Give yourself permission to take something off your plate

More life lessons to come...

What Next?

Wherever you are on your journey, I'm here to support you in the way that works best for you!

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Stacey L. Olson is a Certified Positive Psychology Coach and has 15 years of corporate experience. She works with leaders and professionals who want to create more balance, stress less, AND perform at a high level. Stacey is the founder of the 'The Balanced Leader' coaching program and offers executive and leadership coaching, workshops, and speaking.



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