I keep meeting people who know they want to move on from their current jobs but tell me they’re afraid to quit. They say they don’t want to keep doing what they’re doing, but they’re addicted to working and don’t know what the next options in their lives could be so they stay put. Some like the money, power, and identity, but say work is consuming their lives and they don’t have time for their friends, families or to learn anything new. They feel stuck.
It may be time for them to reframe how they’re feeling and start considering what they’d ideally be doing if they weren’t at work all day. Some people can’t even answer that question since it’s all they know and they can’t imagine not being there, even if they don’t like it.
If this sounds like you then it’s time to create a new plan since everyone has options if they’re prepared to look for them. But, most people don’t know where to start to seriously consider what it would be like to not work full time or to become an entrepreneur.
If you’re 45 or 60, you need to think about how the job you currently have will help you transition into active and meaningful retirement. If it won’t, then it's time for a change.
A friend of mine made a great transition from a full-time job as a speech therapist which she left since she knew she didn’t want to do anything related to this in the next stage of her life. She considered many options and decided to go back to school for an MBA in wine management and is now working part-time for a hotel company designing wine tours and tastings for people who are visiting the California wine country.
She loves the interaction with people, learning new things and the flexibility this job offers so she can spend time contributing to the community and traveling, which are two of her favorite things.
She took a risk and it paid off in a big way. It meant making some changes to her lifestyle but it was worth it for the time and freedom she gained and a chance to do something she really enjoys that she can continue to do for years into her retirement.
Is your current job setting you up for success in the next thing you want to do? If you’re getting closer to retirement age, this is especially important since retirement doesn’t mean not working these days. Most people want an active retirement filled with things that are meaningful, fun, offer new learning and can perhaps contribute to others. If your current job isn’t setting you up to do what you want in the next stage of life, it may be time to develop a new plan before it’s too late.
I’ve helped hundreds of people who are facing this challenge create plans and execute them. Go to the “How to Get Started” section on my homepage to book a free half-hour discussion about your specific situation and what we could do to make changes in your life and work so what you’re doing now prepares you for the future you hope to have.