Leaving corporate, whether you are in your 50s or 60s or any other age, takes courage. You have worked for so many years to get to where you are and you can’t really imagine what life will be after leaving. You are not alone. Everyone gets older and at some point if you are working in the professional world, you will stop working. When people retire from their careers, they go through a transition that can be very trying because there are so many unknowns. Leaving corporate is a life-changing event that is not given the attention it deserves. It takes cultivating a supporting mindset. It takes courage!
What’s Courageous About Leaving Corporate?
Is exiting from the executive office that difficult? Yes, it really is—for so many reasons. I know from my own personal experience having left corporate after 20+ years. You too have been working for twenty years or more and you are used to a certain way of life. You have a schedule. You have deadlines. You have responsibilities—to teammates, clients, bosses, shareholders. You have financial responsibilities to your company and to your family. You have a regular income. You have colleagues and community. You have a title. You have a career path. You have a legacy. You have power. You have control. You have an identity. You have a profession. You fulfill your work ethic need. You have a purpose. Even if all of these statements aren’t true for you, most of them probably are. You have been living this lifestyle for so many years that it is only natural that a big change to this lifestyle feels daunting. So it takes courage to shift your life into the next phase.
Reaching Decision Altitude
When landing an airplane, there is an instant during approach to the runway when the pilot must make a decision: do I land or do I abort? It is a critical moment that determines the success of the landing. That point is called decision altitude. It is also the term that describes the point during a jump when a skydiver must take emergency action if their chute hasn’t opened automatically. When considering parting from your profession, you are reaching your own personal decision altitude. You are faced with an important decision about what you will do after you leave your corporate role. Will you take conscious action to determine the outcome of the next phase of your life? Or will you ignore that you have a decision to make and hope that it will work out on its own?
Taking Control Helps
The timing for leaving professional careers has changed dramatically over the years. Although the formal age for retirement and drawing on Social Security in the U.S. has gotten older, more and more professionals are choosing to leave on their own terms at the age they want. They are taking charge and planning their own destiny rather than waiting to be pushed out when others say so or when they hit a prescribed age. Taking control is an important means to conquer the fears that arise as you near retirement. The more you think about and plan what you want, the easier the transition will be.
You Too Can Choose to Leave Corporate on Your Own Terms
I am living proof that you, too, can take charge of your own path. I am speaking to you now that you are ready to leave for what’s next. I am here to show you that there is a glorious life after corporate. You must release yourself from the corporate box mindset so that you can step into what you want to do next. Your true self wants to move to the next amazing chapter of your life. With courage, you can leap from your corner office, leap from your perch up high to the next leg of the journey we call life.