Let’s say you’ve done all the right things; went to law school, got a job with a good firm, and now collect a nice paycheck and benefits. Yet, the age of 30 is fast approaching and you’re feeling like you’re wearing the wrong skin. Your life doesn’t fit who you are inside. Yet everyone around you is very proud of your accomplishments. You can’t even discuss your unhappiness with friends. They say, “Be grateful you have a great job. The economy is terrible, and you won’t find anything better than what you have.”
Or, maybe you’ve been successful at your career for many years and the age of 57 is fast approaching. You’ve built your reputation, honed your skills, and are quite good at what you do. You’re rather attached to your prestigious title. Yet inside you’re tormented. You toss and turn at night. The politics in your office are driving you mad, and you’re having health problems.
Congratulations! You’re right on schedule. If you’re questioning everything about your life from career to relationships, this is on purpose. You pre-programmed these two major career reinventions into your lifetime, and you’ve just bumped into one.
It’s time to wake up and remember who you are and what you came to do. These two turning points are what the astrologers call the Saturn Returnings. When they coincide with your personal nine year (from numerology), your life flips upside down.
The first wake-up call hits everyone from the ages of 27 to 30; the second hits us from age 57 to 59. You also have the end of your personal nine-year cycle falling in the midst of all this. The unease you experience is inevitable; You signed up for this challenge!
Quit complaining about how confused you feel, and be grateful that your wise old higher self knew you would need these two major wake up calls and pre-programmed them into your lifetime. The pain you feel is on purpose; it’s your fuel for moving forward. If you don’t use that pain to fuel your reinvention, you’ll self-destruct.
The end result of this inner turmoil will be a happier career that’s more aligned with your authentic self and what you came here to accomplish. No one else did this to you; even if you’ve been fired, laid off, or broken up with. It’s what your higher self intended. It’s not the end of your world, it’s just the beginning.
Now is the time to ask yourself the big questions: Why am I here? What did I come here to accomplish? What gifts and talents did I bring with me to accomplish my mission? These questions will guide you to the first step of your career change – whether that means investigating where you could teach law (if teaching is part of your mission); or researching a different type of law practice (if that would be more in alignment with your authentic self); getting re-educated, or starting your own business.
Your new direction builds on the things you’ve already accomplished; you take your past experiences and knowledge and re-package them for your next career. Every course you’ve ever studied and every skill you’ve ever learned has been on purpose. Now it’s time to re-use, recycle, and reinvent everything you know.
Please understand that you did come here with a mission – to raise the vibration of the planet in your unique way using your innate gifts and talents. This is also known as “work.” You pre-programmed it into your date of birth, name at birth, and many other places inside of you to create your GPS guidance system – the quiet voice that calmly reminds you of your mission.
And that mission does require frequent reinventions. Stepping up to the next level of your work is required several times during a lifetime – especially every nine years. But the biggest changes are required at ages 27 to 30 and again at 57 to 59. This is when your higher self turns up the volume and yells: “Mission not yet accomplished!”
The turning point at 57 can be the most challenging. My goodness, you’ve had an awesome career so far. You’ve raised kids. You’re not just a nobody. Yet your life is in turmoil. You know inside that you haven’t done your great work yet. You know you’re here to make a difference in the world – leave a larger legacy.
In your 50s, it’s time to peel off the layers of pretense and false identity you’ve developed to succeed in the world of career. Own your naked, authentic self in the world, and do the sacred work you’ve already signed up for. Even if that means owning up to something you’ve never owned up to before.
Your higher self is telling you that you only have a few productive decades left, and it’s now or never. When health issues happen in our 50s, it’s just the soul nudging us to remember who we are.
It’s your choice. Your life is ruled by free will. You either choose to rise above your challenges and live up to the great potential you came here to accomplish, or sink beneath your pain and fear and not live up to it this time around.
Either way, it’s your mission. There’s no one to answer to about your success or failure but yourself. And, as you can tell from the way you feel at these transition points, your higher self is your harshest judge. Be grateful for your pre-programmed mission and move forward.
If you’re currently in the middle of either of these career/life transitions, here are some steps to help you move forward as powerfully as possible.
1. Meditate or pray at least twice a day to quiet your crazy thinking and tap into your higher self, which is where you’ll find the answers you can trust. Meditation is the best way to tap into your inner GPS system.
2. Be grateful for this opportunity to reinvent, and be honest about how unhappy and off-path you’ve been.
3. Raise your energy through little things like laughing, walking and reading inspirational books. Raising your energy will help move you forward in a positive direction.
4. Dream of your amazing new life and career. What will it look like? Focus only on the future and what you want to happen next.
5. See a Career Intuitive/Coach/Counselor or take a career workshop to help you manage this transition.
6. Let go. Surrender what you know. The new direction reveals itself only when you’re open and have let go of your old story.