(… even if you have no idea where to start)
Have you ever thought about doing something new? Or asked yourself how you could break free from the traditional path that society has laid out for you? Maybe you want to make a difference in someone else’s life? Do you simply want more freedom to do what you truly want to do?
Trust me when I say … been there, done that!
I’ve used my own midlife experiences to teach other GenX women personal development strategies designed to help them make the transition to midlife with more peace and ease. And, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about how to pivot and do something new so you can not only create the life you want, but the life you deserve.
What does it mean to pivot?
Simply put, a pivot is an action you take when you want to reinvent yourself or some aspect of your life. It comes in many forms. It can be personal or professional, large or small, internal or external.
For most of my adult life, I followed the script that society lays out for most women – go to school, get married, have some kids and become a nurturer and provider.
I think it was around the age of 47 when I first noticed it … that feeling of being trapped in an unfulfilling daily routine. I had been on the job for about 10 years and the work I was doing wasn’t really inspiring me. In fact, it had started to drain my energy and my spirit.
I decided I needed to do something new, but I couldn’t afford to go all in and quit my job so I went back to school.
While researching for my Capstone, I learned about some of the major challenges that many women in their 40s and 50s struggle with most. I began to apply them to my own life in hopes of creating a roadmap to help other women travel the path through midlife with more peace and ease.
Twenty years ago, I would never have imagined how to go about building a growing, thriving community for women over 40, yet here I am doing it DESPITE the fact that I had no prior experience.
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If you’ve begun thinking about what comes next for you or you’ve wondered where to start, my recommendation would be to ask yourself some honest questions aimed at helping you think about and understand your “Why.”
Your “Why” is personal, which means it doesn’t have to be deep or expansive to be important. The only requirement is that it has to have meaning to you.
Here are three questions you should be asking yourself to uncover your “Why”:
What do I value most in my personal life and at work? Some examples might include your family, flexibility, leadership, recognition, or status.
What is motivating me to make a pivot right now? Examples might include changes in your finances or your marital status, the need for more discretionary income, or unplanned expenses.
What are my top priorities for the new life or experience I want to pursue? Examples could be money, benefits, flexible hours, title, or the ability to work from home.
How I made my pivot
I haven’t always known how to use the knowledge, wisdom and skills I’ve acquired over time to create new opportunities and experiences for myself. As women, we’re taught that wanting more outside of being a nurturer or provider is wrong or that the needs of others should always be put ahead of our own. As a result, we end up feeling ‘less than’. Which is exactly what drove me to return to school in my late 40s – hoping I could show my value at work.
But, I got so much more than I anticipated. I used the time I spent in school to focus on what would genuinely make me happy. In doing so, I discovered that I wasn’t the only woman who had come to a crossroads in life. That’s when I decided to take what I learned to create a solution that would address the problem of feeling overlooked and underutilized that many women in their 40s and 50s have.
Here’s how you can make yours
I want you to ask yourself: What do I want to do with the rest of my life? Can you actually name it? Give it some real thought. Then imagine using that idea to completely restart, reboot, or enhance your career or lifestyle!
I’ve encountered so many women who find it hard to believe that getting what they want is as simple as declaring that they’re due for a change. But it really isn’t.
I like using this visualization exercise as a starting point because it’s positive and it helps reframe thoughts in a way that makes mapping out the next chapter feel doable.
Once you’ve made the choice to move forward, I always find it helpful to write it down. It becomes so much more tangible when you do. I always say, if you can see it, you can certainly be it.
Lastly, and this is probably the most important part, you have to commit to the change you want to see. Acknowledge that what got you here probably won’t get you there. You have to commit to doing what’s necessary – investments of time, energy and sometimes dollars – to get yourself to the next level.
You can do this!
There’s a world of possibility that exists for you … if you have a pivot strategy. If you want new opportunities and experiences to come your way, then you need to stop focusing so much on how other people see you and start focusing more on how Y-O-U (Your Own Uniqueness) can show up.
Successfully making the transition to midlife and flourishing in your next chapter happens when you:
- Become willing to think of yourself differently.
- Acknowledge your years of knowledge, skills and experience.
- Begin to leverage the skills and expertise you’ve acquired over time.
- Seek out assistance from others who have traveled the same path as you.
That’s why I’m hosting a free webinar called, How to Plan Your Pivot in 3 Easy Steps (even if you have no idea where to start). It’s designed to show you how to pivot and do something new so you can not only create the life you want, but the life you deserve.
During the webinar, you will learn:
- The keys to navigating the road to midlife with more peace and ease.
- How to change your mindset about getting what you want and deserve.
- Tips to figure out what comes next for you.
- Strategies to make your ideal life your reality.
If you want to lean into the skills and strengths you’ve accumulated over time to do something new, create new work and new experiences that fulfill you long-term, or get the support you need to create a life you’ll love living, this webinar is for you!
It’s time to finally put yourself first. You absolutely can reinvent your life and find the freedom to do the things you truly enjoy doing. I know because I did it.
All you have to do is CLICK THIS LINK to sign up. Spaces are limited. I can’t wait to see you.