What’s Your Plan B?
By Tina Baker, ROYAL Transitioning
If you are over 45 years old, this is the season of your life where it is time to start thinking about your Plan B! Being proactive and intentional with a Plan B in your hip pocket can mean all the difference if things change in your life like your job, your health, your relationships.
All your life, you have been inundated with messages of fear, shame and guilt…that you’re not doing enough, saving enough, you don’t have enough….enough is enough!
Don’t Panic! The good news is Plan B is the proactive plan you get to construct in how you want your life after corporate to look like. It all starts with a small yearning for something more! More Fulfillment, joy, flexibility, and peace! We call this your intentional legacy!
But wait a minute, you say, I’m not old enough to think about retirement. Maybe, maybe not, but if you look at Corporate America, age discrimination, layoffs, and bullying are alive and well. Even if your intention is to work another 20 years, that may not be what Corporate America has in mind!
That’s where Plan B comes in. If you could work doing what you love, even if you made less money, would you work longer? If you are proactive in setting up Plan B correctly, you can!
Many folks get into their late 50’s and early 60’s finding themselves, stressed, burned out, in bad physical shape, and struggling with relationships. And then, boom, you are laid off. Then things spin out of control very quickly. I’ve seen so many of my friends and colleagues go through this. Their stress level and fear overtake their lives.
But what if you started planning your exit from corporate (Plan B) when you want, to do what you want for the next 25 years and beyond! This is a process and a journey of discovery. It takes time. How do you get started? First of all, pay attention to you! Ask yourself the deep questions about what’s going on with your stress level, your physical health and energy level. How about your emotional health?
Once you start getting in touch with yourself, you can move into the discovery phase. Don’t do this alone. Align yourself with people who can help you in all areas of your transition from corporate. Keep yourself informed on what’s going on with other people that have successfully transitioned into a new phase of life. Will you travel, start a business, work for a non-profit?
Last, but not least, you must dedicate still, alone, and quiet time to allow yourself to clear your mind of all the should’s, must-do’s and distractions. This will allow your brain and soul to dig deep and discern what lights you up and gets you excited about the rest of your amazing life! That’s your Plan B!!