It can be really hard to stay on track with your career goals! Are you over run
with family stuff, working late or self-doubt? In my experience, the one thing that helps people stay on track is an ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER!
Sooooo, It’s May!! Have you made progress on reaching your New Year’s career resolutions (goals)? My first blog laid out 5 steps to take to create New Year’s Career Goals that Work. Some of you may be well on your way. Others may be experiencing fits and starts. Well, no worries and PLEASE, don’t beat yourself up! The fact that you’re reading this blog let’s me know you haven’t given up! Over the next couple of blogs, you’ll get more details on the steps that can help you move forward.
In the last “Your Career” blog post, we reviewed the 5 steps to creating New Year’s career goals that work. We’re a month in, a great time to check in on your planning or better yet, your actual progress towards your career goals.
In an earlier post, I mentioned the impact my mother’s retirement at age 59 had on me. She was utterly transformed by the experience — in a good way! I am now planning her 100th birthday DANCE party! What does this have to do with black history?
I imagined that I would engineer my retirement in early to late spring of whatever year, just as the days were getting longer and warmer here in the mid-Atlantic. I reasoned that this season of growth would have an equally hopeful impact on my ability to manage the variety of moods I would surely experience as I transitioned to my new life. But instead, I came face to face with the "bomb cyclone"!
The name “Unexpected Retiree” is how I have come to refer to myself, not because I did not expect to retire, but because that is the look or exclamation I get from others. I retired at 59, on the very cusp of 60 — early by many standards. People, in their surprise, always ask why, what happened, what are you going to do? Travel with me on my journey from my corporate employee to my new life on my terms. I don't have it all figured out, but that is half the fun!
PART 1 of 5: Are you at a career crossroads -- looking for something else, more, different from your career? Some people know what they want and how to get it. Others see too many possibilities and/or too many challenges and need help figuring out what they want and how to get there. If you want 2019 to be your year for CHANGE, learn the 5 Steps to Career Resolutions that Work!