You should stop thinking so much and start doing. Trying some of your new ideas on for size is the only way to assess whether the changes will suit you. But you don't have to go whole hog, discarding your 30 years of work experience and identity in the process. That prospective loss -- akin to ripping off a protective layer of skin -- is what's stopping you, along with the anxiety that your new endeavour may tank. While some people have an innate tolerance for risk and can make a dramatic leap into a new arena, that approach is not for everyone.
In fact, Herminia Ibarra, a professor of organizational behaviour at Insead in Fontainebleau, France, researched mid-life career change and found that very few people just dive into the unknown after reflecting and being struck by a lightning bolt about their true path. Almost all experience a transitional period lasting several years during which they have a foot in both worlds, the familiar and the new.
That's so true! In all the people I've talked to about career change, only a small percentage have been really prepared to take the Big Plunge. The rest have two choices. They can start taking some kind of action - a dual path, with baby steps on the side toward what they really want to do - or they can mope and moan about being stuck in their career and retire that way.
I've talked about this before, and will undoubtedly do so again...and again...and again. It's worth repeating. Too often people look at making a change and say, "I can't." Often what that really means is, "I can't right now." But they could if they took a longer term approach to making it happen.
Look at what you really dream of doing. Could you do it right now? If not, could you do it in time? What would it take?
Identify those baby steps, and start taking them!
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