Aging in place is a term that refers to someone living in the residence of their choice, for as long as they're able as they get older and their needs change; where they can have the things that they need in their daily life while maintaining their quality of life. Great when the time comes for a lifestyle shift, but not so great when designing your career strategy.
Entries categorized "Inflection Curve"
Throughout 2015 I've mentored four professionals from different generations who also happen to hail from different parts of the U.S. and who all have one thing in common: loss of employment earlier in the year. Either by choice or by necessity they've taken time off from aggressively pursuing a new job, using this time to reflect and consciously decide on their next career move. It's become a gap year of sorts for them, and for one person in particular, it's also turned into a walkabout adventure traveling across the U.S.
How much would you say success in life is due to good timing? You know the adage—right time, right place. Perhaps, you’ve had teachers and bosses who intervened at the right time and inspired you to change your life’s course. Over the years the leaders I’m most grateful for having crossed my paths were those who seemed to instinctively know when I needed them to intervene. Their timing was always impeccable. Intervening at the right time increases the likelihood of your being able to influence someone’s direction, something that they may still be working out in their head.
I was reminded of the power of mindful change as an element of personal and professional growth as I was putting the finishing touches on a presentation for an upcoming reinvention program. I was thrown a personal “curveball”, a baseball term for those unfamiliar with American sports, adding another layer of complexity to the reinvention work that I'm helping others with, along with my own reinvention cycle (you might remember that I’m a two-year “marker” person—my Optimum Change Cycle is two years—which means that I begin the reinvention process half-way through my OCC). The practical aspects of mindful change hit home with all the cha-cha-changes going on!
People often ask me why I treat a personal or career reinvention like a project. But did you know that by doing so you are 90 percent more likely to reach (or exceed) your goal? This is why Project Managers typically make top notch “reinventionists” once they learn the how of my reinvention model—it becomes an on-demand process for them when they know the optimum time to change.
Reinventing yourself in front of your Personal Inflection Point keeps life interesting and your career relevant. Turn things around now if you notice any of these ten signs in your life--red flags that let you know that you're at risk of heading down a slippery slope.
It's time to re-think boredom as a red flag letting you know that something in your life needs changing. Although not a seasonal feeling, but a year around gift that’s easily overlooked because of the busyness of the holiday season combined with yearend activities at work, there is risk associated with not opening this gift when it’s offered.