by Betty Burr
Want to discover some entirely new career?
Looking for meaningful volunteer work?
Hope to retire and travel or work on hobbies?
Want to continue in your current career, but find more time for other facets of your life?
Learn a unique 3-step process that involves balancing the head, heart and spirituality to build the lifestyle you desire.
Being at mid life in the 21st Century is totally different from what it was a generation ago. And it requires the use of unique planning tools to help you develop a fulfilling second half of life. But while scientific and medical advances have added 20 to 30 years to the average life expectancy, many people finish their primary careers in their 60’s, and are left without planning or structure, wondering what to do next.
Society expects that by age 50’s and 60’s people know what they want, but that is not always so. A lifetime of putting others first may have caused you to bury your true desires. The key to successfully “restarting” your life is using planning analysis technology to assist you in replacing work functions. By looking back at the first half of life, seeing what you put aside in the interest of other obligations, and finding those “discards” which touch your heart, spirit and mind, you will know which direction to go.
Whether your direction is finding the next paid job, entrepreneurial work, or a volunteer position, it’s important to take steps in the right order.
Here’s the wrong order:
- Figure out how you can sell yourself in the current marketplace (job or volunteer opportunity)
- Go out and be persuasive
The mistake here is trying to find direction “out there.” While this process works sometimes, for some people, it skips a few critical systematic steps that make all the difference in finding something you will really enjoy doing. That’s because the true answers lie within.
- Step 1 – Use analysis tools to identify all your skills, abilities and experience.
- Step 2 – Determine which of these you wish to use in this next stage of life.
- Step 3 – Then start looking for opportunities that match the results of your systematic analysis.
Because your desires may be buried deep, it can be challenging to take these steps alone. It’s best to find a group or workshop to help you move through them and keep you motivated.
One recent workshop participant, a newly retired accountant, had failed to do the first two steps prior to looking for a volunteer opportunity. She was snapped up by a non-profit seeking financial advice. After a short time, she realized she did not want to work again in finance, and left the organization. Later, by using the workshop analysis tools, she keyed in on “learning” as one of her highest values. From that step she was able to find an opportunity to learn non-profit management working directly with the CEO of a small non-profit.
Betty Burr is a certified mid-life coach, gerontologist and PJCC staffer.