If you are looking ahead to what’s next in your life, start by assessing your skills and talents. There are dozens of tests that can help.
But here’s an interesting angle. It’s possible you no longer enjoy using some of your gifts. After racking up decades of experience, you may have a sense of ennui — maybe even burnout — in areas where you have mastery.
The choice is yours. Prime women have earned the right to re-invent. Going forward, which skills and talents do you want to apply?
A question to ask yourself: “What brings you joy?”
It all comes down to what brings you joy — the criteria that organizational guru Marie Kondo popularized in her approach to tidying/purging your home. Take it to the next level: how you decide what to toss or keep in your life. It’s about the expenditure of your most valuable asset — your time.
This is an excellent resource that helps you inventory your skills, rank your competency level and — here’s the best part — prioritize the skills you delight in using. Or not. The Career Driver Online product is ideal for mature adults who are in the transition or reinvention mode. You’ve earned the right to choose — and focus on doing what brings you joy!
This exercise goes to the heart and soul of who you are. It prioritizes what is meaningful and important to you from a personal values standpoint. You rank what is most important to least important.
Focus on money and security were likely more important in your younger, climbing years. Now that you have secured a financial baseline, you may find that other aspects, such as spirituality, relationships and social concerns are more highly valued as you look ahead to what’s next in your life.
Both tools are available in an online format, and as hard copy decks of re-usable cards.
Pull together copies of your resume, past and current, as well as a printout of your LinkedIn profile. Get three highlighter markers, green, orange and pink.
You’ve earned the right to re-define and re-design your life. The challenge is to stay disciplined. In fact, setting boundaries, i.e., saying no, is more important than what you say yes to. This is the key to maximizing enjoyment and minimizing the harness of old habits, priorities and obligations that you may now give yourself permission to shed.
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