Mid-Career – Becoming More Fulfilled In Your Work
As you enter the middle of your career, you may be experiencing what many people tell us when they contact Crossroads; “This just isn’t what I had in mind for my life and I no longer feel fulfilled.”
Please be assured that you are not alone in arriving at this place. It’s something that most of us experience. During mid-career, our children are perhaps starting to achieve a measure of independence and the burdens of responsibility for them start to lift a little. Our relationship with our spouse has matured and reached a level of comfort. We feel settled and confident in our roles and perhaps are not striving to the extent we did in our youth.
It’s perhaps inevitable then that some questions start to surface……
- ”Why am I finding it hard to get passionate about work?”
- ”Why aren’t I utilizing my skills to the full?”
- “Where can I find something that really gets me growing and developing personally again?”
- “I’ve got 25 years or so left in work, how can I make the most of them?”
However constrained by circumstance we feel, the little inner voice seems to be urging us to try something different, to step out onto a new track, but we’re holding back and feeling frustrated and probably a little confused.
So how do we think through these issues well and create a measure of energy, clarity and purpose to forge the commitments we need to make? How do we create and enact a compelling dream to feel more fully “ourselves”?
At Crossroads we will always advocate taking the time out to think properly. When we are in our regular day to day lives, surrounded by well-meaning advice givers, distractions and decisions, it’s very easy to dismiss the inner voice that is starting to demand attention. We can put off the growing sense of frustration and dis-ease. It’s no accident that flashes of insight and inspiration occur when we settle into a holiday, do something less taxing or repetitive or find ourselves in nature. Are you purposefully taking enough time out to stop, think well and develop a sense of what you are being called into?
We would also encourage good listening. Do you have a trusted confidante who will listen to you and help you think through without giving you advice? Are you giving and receiving the gift of listening in your life? When you find yourself stopping and being listened to well, you just might find that still small voice is telling you something that you need to pay attention to. A connection back to being more fully you and being more fulfilled.
You can experience stopping and listening on a two day Crossroads Retreat. We will never judge, never offer advice from our perspective and certainly never trample on your aspirations to achieve what it is you REALLY want for your life. If you’d prefer, you can get in touch with us to discuss here.