What is it you really want out of life?
I read an interesting article on What A Female Mid-Life Crisis Looks Like that talked about how women are transitioning not just from moms to empty nesters anymore, but from career to career as we reach new peaks in our lives. Marcia Reynolds, the author of the article, states:
“For smart, goal-driven women, a mid-life crisis isn’t about recovering lost youth. It’s about discovering the application of their greatness.”
In other words, it’s about letting go of the emptiness they are feeling in their current positions, and finding something that makes them happy – something that completes them.
That’s why you see CEOs of major corporations abandoning their positions to start up their own bakeries and clothing stores. Or abandoning the conference room for the chance to create a travel blog or become a recognized artist.
Its not that they hated what they did or were miserable with their position. Instead, its about finding a way to complete everything inside of them and use all of their skills, visible and hidden, to do something better for the world around them.
But that’s where the fear and the anxiety can come into place.
If a woman is successful in her career, it may be something hard to break away from. She “gets” her position. She knows how to network. She knows how to manage. She knows how to prioritize. She knows how to get her job done.
But what does she really know about finding the perfect logo for her new idea, or building a website that tells people what she’s really about? Should she really abandon a six figure income just to pursue her own happiness? And how long will it take to replace that income, or adjust so the new income is more than sufficient for the way she wants to live?
And while that question can be difficult if she is single, its almost overwhelming if she has a family involved as well.
If you are questioning what’s next either for your career or for your life as a whole, it’s more important than ever to build your support network around you. Yes, it can be family and friends. But if you are abandoning the safe environment of a corporate job, they may know very little if anything at all about entrepreneurship. Instead of offering advice, they may actually add more anxiety and stress as they question your ideas over and over again.
Help can come in a variety of formats, including books, web presences, local groups, or international coaching platforms. Ask yourself these questions as you set out on your new journey.
What do I need now?
In order to bring your idea to fruition, what is the one thing you need to do today to move your idea forward?
What do I need next?
While your “what do I need now” steps are usually short and to the point, your “what do I need next” steps should be broader in nature and actually help you build your overall plan.
How do I like to learn?
Do you love relying on your team to help you get things done? Or are you the type that learns by example? Do you like having lots of people around you to learn with, or do you learn better in a one on one environment? Look for help in ways that appeal the most to you.
What do I want to achieve?
Creating an income stream to live on is completely different than creating a business that profits in the millions and brings in hundreds of employees. Knowing what your ultimate goal is can help you set it up the right way from the beginning.
Above all, remember this is all about you. To transition into something more, you may hit a few bumps along the way. Going in a completely new direction won’t come easily. But the transformation can be priceless.