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5 Tips For Navigating A Major Life Transition


Sometimes it’s a feeling of restlessness or a worry that life is passing you by. It may be a family dynamic that motivates life change: divorce, empty-nest or retirement.

If you are asking yourself what’s next, there are many resources to support and nurture your transition. Here are 5 tips to help you through your transition:

  1. A major transition in life or career takes time. It requires recalibrating many ways of thinking and being. Research indicates that one can expect about a two-year process of letting go of old dreams, plans, and ways of life and then saying “Yes” to new ideas and experiences. The process can be exhilarating!
  2. Understand that you are not who you were, only older. You are better suited, by maturity and life experience, to meet and resolve new challenges. *
  3. Experiencing “free fall” for several months is not unusual. Forget any hope of making changes It is important to be patient with the process of introspection required to determine what’s next. Consider talking with AWN member Joyce Auskelis about the Highlands Test Battery and exploring the inherent aptitudes that are part of your DNA.
  4. Read a book. Three great books to read: “What is Your What?: Discover the One Amazing Thing You Were Born To Do.”, by Steve Olsher, “The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance – What Women Should Know”, by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, and “Talk to Strangers: How Everyday Random Encounters Can Expand Your Business, Career, income and Life”, by David Topus.
  5. Do not be critical of a previous Do not be defensive! Concentrate on sharpening your own political intuition. Demonstrate your ability to bounce back from a challenging experience. And remember this time to choose the “right boss” as carefully as you choose the “right job. “


Betsey Neely, Atlanta Women’s Network member, is a lawyer and personal coach. As counsel to the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia she promoted and developed a statewide conflict resolution program that became the model for universities around the world. Now the Atlanta GA lawyer is on a mission to help small business owners resolve conflicts and stay out of legal trouble.


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