Do you ever feel like you are in a rut with your career or perhaps you have retired and you decided that you want to do more with your life?
Many people find themselves in that space and often feel stuck because of some of the following reasons:
Fear of change—what if I make a change and it is worse? Take calculated risks—and out what is the worst-case scenario and can you live with it? If not, how can you minimize your risks? What is the best outcome and how can you make that happen.
Not sure what to do or where to start! Ask friends, family, and associates who you value what strengths and talents do they see in you. How can these strengths be used—you may get some surprising feedback that will change your life. Make a list of the activities that energize you and start to look at opportunities that allow you to do those activities. Take some assessments that help you to better understand yourself. Work with a career or executive coach to help you pave the path to your next role.
Your decision to change may cause some issues in your family or significant relationships. Have discussions with your loved ones to discover how you can make your dreams and aspirations work for you and them. You may be pleasantly surprised or you make have to make some difficult decisions. Easier to have the discussions than to make assumptions that may keep you in your rut.
This is your life and you deserve to make the most out of it. Give yourself some quiet time to think about your life and what you want. Do some research to figure out what stays on your list and what things do you need to drop as it isn’t a fit for you. Work through the things that may be holding you back—these ﬁrst steps can be fun and exciting and may lead to your “next chapter.”