On Project Eve (a career site for women that I follow) there's an article from a few days ago by Debra Pickett on her Plan 40--a two-year plan she embarked on at age 38 to "get her sh*t together" by age 40.
I'm turning 50 next month, another big birthday, so this notion of taking stock and figuring out what isn't working and needs to change is on my mind lately. I'm planning a personal retreat to explore where I'm at and where I want to be as I head into my "Crone" years. It feels like this is a good time to take a breath, get clear, and then move again.
I'm also thinking a lot about transitional moments as I watch my Facebook feed fill up with friends sending their children off to college for the first time. For many people (especially women) this becomes another key moment to step back and see where changes need to occur in their lives.
What I've found is that there are times when we feel almost compelled to assess our situations and make some bigger changes.
Often this happens when we are experiencing a shift in our identities, like as we approach a big birthday or when we become an empty-nester. It can also occur as we head into a new season--September and January in particular seem to invite this kind of thinking. Or when we realize that things are so out of control in our lives that we have no other choice but to step back and take stock.
Regardless of the motivation, this periodic reevaluation and adjustment is important to our personal and professional growth. It's what allows us to get into better relationship with ourselves and with the people in our lives and helps us to maintain our resilience as our circumstances change.
Recognizing this call is the first important thing. The second is to actually heed it--to make the space in our lives to see where we need to get our sh*t together if we want to create the life we want.
This, I've found takes courage more than anything. Courage to get clear and learn about what will have to fall away. Courage to make the changes that need to be made. The payoffs for this courage can be amazing, though. Well worth the price of admission.
So, is it time for you to get your sh*t togther?
My Career Clarity Retreat on September 21 is a good place for you to start thinking about how you want to get your sh*t together. Click here for more information and the link to register!