Three Tips for Dealing with the Question of “What’s Next?”

image1Let’s say you are 50 or so.  You have done a good job of developing your career, becoming a credible manager and leader, of getting results; and something makes you realize that you do not want to spend the rest of your life doing what you are doing!  Maybe it is a health scare; maybe a life event that has you feel your mortality; maybe a Godzilla President; a divorce, a child who starts their career and is on fire about it!

So, what’s next?

And then of course the practical side of your brain pipes in and asks “and how will you ever find another job like this that has all of the benefits and pays the same or better?” And you start rationalizing why it might be better to just hang in there until retirement. THEN you can do what you really want to do.

Let me ask you a few questions:

  • When are you going to get off the path you are on and discover work which energizes you and is aligned with who you are becoming as a person?
  • Are you ready to commit yourself to some self-discovery, and growth through expanding your comfort zone?
  • Are you worried about what other people will think if you don’t maintain your current status and income level?
  • What are you prepared to give up in order to make your vision (for your work, for you life) a reality?

Recreating yourself take hard work, sacrifice, and a willingness to be vulnerable.

And it is worth every painful moment of that transition because you now create your own program, minus the “shoulds” of the work you are moving away from.
If you are saying to yourself right now – “right, how am I ever going to get from where I am now to there? “  – here are three tips:

BIG TIP: You won’t do it alone.  Now is the time to get out of your mindset of thinking you can just figure it out alone.  Go out there and connect with others who can reflect back to you what your strengths are and share ideas and insights to explore; and encourage you to pursue something you may know nothing about!

NEXT TIP: It will take longer than you think! The process of transition (that internal adjustment to change out there) is not a straight line between point A and point B.  In the middle, between where you are now and where you will start the next chapter is the world of exploration and discovery – a million opportunities to get out of your comfort zone and try on different ways of applying your strengths and your vision.

THIRD TIP: There is no ONE answer for you.  And you want to know what your greatest aptitude is so that you exercise it no matter what work you engage in.  If you don’t use this strongest aptitude you will be left feeling that something is missing.  That’s no way to lead your life!
And in the process of this exploration, you will find the best parts of yourself that you left along the way!

Happy Hunting!


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