If you find yourself scrolling through Sunday night memes on the internet wondering how you’ll manage to climb from bed when the alarm goes off in the morning if work feels unrewarding and the thought of seeing colleague’s anxiety-inducing, you could be facing what world-leading human behavioural expert believes to be the signs of a ‘mid-career crisis’. According to Dr John Demartini, there are at least two meaningful ways to address it, and it doesn’t necessarily have to mean quitting your job.
You don’t have to be older to have a mid-career crisis – you could be newly graduated from university in your first full-time role and still experience a mid-career crisis, but it doesn’t mean you won’t ever be successful or find the path that creates fulfilment.
These helpful steps could help you to become re-inspired and back in your groove:
Know when you’re ready for change
Sometimes it can take a full force crisis for us to truly realise we urgently require a change of perception, or a change of action. Instead, self-reflection is an important step to gauge and monitor energy levels and enthusiasm for your job. Not wanting to get out of bed on a Monday is a clear indication that at least one or both of these two changes are in order.
Your life is what you make of it. No one knows you better than you do. No one is going to dedicate their life to your fulfilment. Ask yourself what you truly love to do and what career you truly desire. Write them down and try them on, after all, you’re not going to marry the first person you date, so why not try a few different options to find the right fit. Your life demonstrates your highest values and a career that fulfils your highest values is essential for an inspired life.
“Doing what you love and loving what you do is priceless,” explains Dr Demartini, “This pernicious retirement myth has little to do with the reality of life and human potential. I know many people in their 90’s that are still doing what they love and loving what they do.”
Expand your mind
Take the time to read widely, research and explore areas that interest you keep in mind what you spontaneously love learning about and doing. Find mentors by surrounding yourself with people you find inspiring and respect. Don’t be afraid to ask for help in pursuing your interests
and expanding your knowledge – a mentor can be your greatest resource and are more than willing to help you on your journey, even over a simple meeting date or phone call.
Make a plan
Take action and start setting out a plan to achieve your longer-term career goals. Whether it may be to transform the role of your current position, to own a business or establish a career in a different industry – determine what is required to turn your dream into a reality. Some entrepreneurs began their inspiring careers in their 60s or even later, so don’t be discouraged from pursuing your dream job.
Reinvent the role you have
Instead of a complete career overhaul, it may be more beneficial to renew your interest in the role and career path you already have. Evaluate your current role and establish the areas that are more inspiring and less fulfilling and think about the new skills and knowledge you could equip yourself with to bring more meaning and inspiration to your current job. Ask yourself how each of your present individual job responsibilities are already assisting you in achieving your highest values and long-term career goals. It is not about what you do but how you perceive what you do that counts. If you are not able to see how what you are currently doing is on the way and all you can see is these activities are instead in the way you will burn out or become bored and unfulfilled.
See the solution to your career crisis
It is never too late
though to make a change and forge a new career path. But it is wise to not impulsively leap without some realistic planning and self-reflection. Don’t let age or time spent in a role trap you and deter you from acting and either transforming the career you have or finding a new career you love. The skills and experiences you have gained until this point have shaped you and will help prepare you for whichever change you chose. Sometimes finding a way of delegating uninspiring responsibilities to those more inspired to do them can re-inspire you
in the meantime.