Guest post by Terry Matthews-Lombardo, CMP
Developing and Nurturing Your Second Act
If we’ve learned only one thing from the Pandemic Pandemonium of the past several years, it is to always have a backup plan. No matter your age or how secure your job was before the world turned upside down, the mere term “job security” may now have a new meaning in your life. And whether you are comfortable with that new definition is going to determine a lot as you-we all-continue to slog our way out of the COVID-19 career blues and into, well, whatever lies ahead.
So, just a quick starter question here: In that super interesting book called “My Life in Paperback” (or, if you have loftier expectations, the hardcover version), do you know the whole plot? Because if you’re like the rest of us, we haven’t even got a clue about the next scene and the inevitable plot twists that will get us through that section. But, after surviving 2020 (the year in which many might have wrongfully been focused on that final chapter, aka The Big Finish), now might be an excellent time to rethink the rest of your story.
Working On Your Second Act
I like to refer to this as working on your second act. You know, the one in which you actually take some time to plot out your story and perhaps plan ahead. Yes, that one! And good news here, it might not be as hard as you think. Here are some simple steps to get you started:
Give some serious thought to your past before you attempt to enter the future
Cut yourself some slack and do some dreaming
Be intentional about how you want to grow your story from here
Take the Leap!
Do the swivel, or the pivot. Heck, call it whatever you want. Whether you are forced into this life change or have the luxury of making this decision on your own terms, just make sure you take a step back before you try to leap too far forward all at one time, especially if your safety net is narrow. When considering any kind of a second act or side hustle, it’s important to prepare for whatever changes lie ahead and manage those expectations.
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Arielle Haughee is the owner and founder of Orange Blossom Publishing.