Reinvention can be travel into the unknown – best to have a plan
This is my third and final note of “reintroduction,” born from taking the time to reflect and re-focus my work. In a way, it’s been another mid-career reinvention for myself… another period of transition!
I’ve had a few important realizations, not the least of which is this: as a trained professional, being engaged in some form of service will always be a significant part of my life. Identifying that path clearly – and how to pull it altogether when I change directions – was easier earlier in life… which brings me to:
Ah ha #3: best to have a plan before heading off into unknown territory (better yet, make a map)…
If you’ve reached the point of mid-career or later, your professional path probably looks a little bit like mine:
- There was the trajectory from academics to the professional world – after college, I was first employed as a critical care registered nurse, literally helping put people back together
- Then there was possibly a trip back to advanced professional training – in my case law school
- Followed by building a professional practice and your own “book of business” – I helped put individuals and facility-based health care businesses with legal troubles back on track, first as an employee of a large firm, then in my own business
- Along the way, you earn more, learn to manage clients and staff, invest and build financial security, and follow identified milestones for it all – hopefully with the help of the right advisors and mentors
Then you reach that pivot point – when you aspire to more, long for something different, seek greater significance and want more personal satisfaction in addition to (or instead of) continued professional involvement. You want to finally “Have It All” – or at least your version of that.
That’s when I sold my law firm and moved out of active law practice to design work that interested me more and create the exceptional life I promised (myself and others) that I would live. That’s when I discovered there were far more options and far fewer guideposts for how to put it together.
It was definitely “unknown territory” – how to create meaningful work serving clients with my best skills, how to take the lead in areas I care about, how to engage in legacy-level activities – to give back and add value in ways that make the world a better place. And, of course, how to live in a way that inspires gratitude every day.
Much to my own surprise, I did it. That’s how I’d describe my life today. My own by-the-seat-of-my-pants, figuring-it-out-along-the-way discovery was slower than I preferred. Along the way, clients sought my help to do the same, and I learned more. That was my “gift from the universe.” The struggle and challenge to solve that problem allowed me to ‘crack the code’ on what it takes, what to include and how to navigate that unknown territory faster and easier…
By putting together a truly heart-felt map.
My discovery allowed me to create a model to address everything important to having that uniquely defined “all” – in the most significant areas of life – and a system to apply it… a step by step process to make it happen. That serves as the focal point for the work I do now: it’s called:
If you are on a similar road, you may:
~~ Long for “something else” inside and outside of work, but aren’t sure what
~~ Want to leverage your experience and expertise, so you can focus more on what really interests you
~~ Aspire to make a bigger difference on issues you care about, but wonder how
~~ Want to more fully live the life you’ve worked so hard to create
And if any of that sounds like you, then I know there is so much more ahead for you.
It is my intention to help you explore this all too often “road less traveled” – and help you find clarity about what’s next for you – whether it looks like a redefined second act, mid-career reinvention, completely new direction, stepping into entrepreneurship, sitting on a board or running for office, moving toward greater fulfillment inside or outside your career, creating a plan to retire to something if that’s financially available, or even using your wealth to make a bigger, more satisfying difference in the world!
So, it you’re thinking about it, do yourself a favor. Start by clicking on this link and take my free New Directions Quiz. Then it might be appropriate to set up a time to talk. No obligation… and it may be one short conversation that makes a big difference for you. That would be my goal!