Climbing that Ladder to a Satisfying MidLife

by Karen Batchelor of Midlife’s a Trip

I used to think I was on the proverbial “ladder of success”.  I had the corporate job that many people dream of.  But I wasn’t living in sync with my life purpose and values and my personal life was shoved into a corner.  I had this nagging feeling that something wasn’t right.  Ya think?

Even though I had the seductive trappings of success, I wasn’t happy.  I was on the ladder but it was beginning to feel unsteady and downright rickety.  Then one day I looked around from where I was perched on the ladder and it hit me — “Wrong ladder!”

With courage I didn’t think I had, I climbed down the ladder and headed off in search of a life that was consistent with my life purpose of helping others.  Along the way I found my place in professional coaching.  And at 57 years old my dream midlife is unfolding.

That  career change in midlife sounded easy, didn’t it?  Should have had happy music playing in the background, right?  Wrong.  It wasn’t easy but it was a change that was as necessary to me as breathing.  So how did I get through it?  Well, it’s kind of like Dorothy and the ruby slippers.

When Dorothy realized where she was really meant to be, it was the ruby slippers that got her back to Kansas.  Her journey wasn’t easy, as you may recall.  Yours may not be either if you’re contemplating a midlife career change.  Like Dorothy, don’t we all have witches and flying monkeys trying to keep us from our true destination?  But they won’t stop you if you have a plan like Dorothy did:

  1. Visualize where you want to be.
  2. Make a plan on how to get there.
  3. Assemble your support system.
  4. Believe in your heart that you’re going in the right direction.
  5. Head that way.

And metaphorically speaking, when your true career destination is in sight, click those damn ruby slippers to take you on home

How steady is your ladder of success?  Reinvention is the name of the game for MidLifers, no matter which decade they’re in.  So, what are your plans for the next twenty or thirty or forty years?


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