Transitions can be stressful, especially when leaving a successful career for the next chapter. The uncertainty of the times we’re in adds an additional layer of anxiety to the process. Lots of questions come up – Who will I be without my career? Will I become irrelevant? Will my colleagues keep in touch? Will I be OK financially?
Leaving my career was a tougher transition for me than I expected. I thought the freedom and time to play would bring me joy. I didn’t realize that the loss of purpose, structure, colleagues, and my executive role would throw me for a loop. It’s what inspired me to develop the Life Reinspired work of coaching people to their next best chapter. I’ve found that asking the right kind of questions can make all the difference in how the next chapter unfolds.
If you are either in or facing a major life transition, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What am I learning about myself? Who am I becoming?
- What’s important to me/gives meaning to my life?
- How do I want to contribute to others in my next phase of life?
- What and who will support me through this transition?
Exploring the answers to these questions and others will help you find your true North and create your next best chapter of life in a way that is aligned with who you truly are.
Be kind to yourself. Transitions can be both scary and times of meaningful growth and discovery. Embrace the adventure and remember, you don’t have to do it alone. Coaching can help shepherd the process.
Sabrina Roblin, CPCC, a former executive and founder of Life Reinspired, is happily enjoying her best chapter of life. She now helps others do the same. Schedule a free Life Reinspired Strategy Session or email email@example.com.