Below I briefly describe some of the key issues we each face at each of the life stages.
Our Life Is a Series of Turning Points:
At Each One We Need a Vision and a Plan
I. “What Are My True Talents?”
Early Career, Ages 23 to 33
This is the time to do a deep dive into every aspect of who you are and what you want. While family, friends and others sincerely want to help you make these decisions, the answers you seek all come from you and you alone. Once your have created a Personal Vision that includes discovering your unique talents, you can then develop the Mission, and Strategy that will help you achieve your goals.
There is no more important step in your life than this one.
II. “I Want to Make a Difference!”
Mid Career, Ages 34 to 44
At different times in this stage of your career you’ll be reevaluating almost everything: Am I in the right field? Did I choose the right profession? I have other talents but don’t know how or where to use them…for starters. There are many more questions…
How you answer and deal with these questions now, impacts everything that follows.
III. “What's Next?”
Late Career, Ages 45 to 55
Tempus fugit is the Latin phrase most often translated as “time flies.” At this stage, for the first time in many people’s lives, you realize that there’s a finite amount of time left. The last thing you want to do is waste one minute of it.
You won’t, if you focus now on what matters to you most of all and what you have to do to get there.
IV. “What Really Matters?”
Pre Retirement, Ages 56 to 66
You are a seasoned veteran now. A veteran of life on this planet. You have succeeded, sometimes you’ve failed, but hopefully what you’ve learned speaks volumes about the quality of your journey.
You have many choices. Continue to do what you do best, consider other avenues of expression, and get going now on checking off those “bucket list” items!
V. “Time to Give Back!”
Retirement, Ages 67+
What are you waiting for? If you’ve still got your health, and even a little flexibility, the sky’s the limit. Grandma Moses started painting at 76. Harlan Sanders founded Kentucky Fried Chicken at 66.
For most of us the hardest part is believing that we can actually tackle something brand new—in our current line of work or an altogether new one.
Believe it. You can.