Mid-life is pivotal, what you do next really matters

Mid-life is a pivotal period in our lives, if not the pivotal period.

You have experienced pivots before (when you left education or got your own home), but in mid-life there are several pivots going on at once, and in different directions. No wonder it’s confusing.

You straddle youth and old age in your own life. You support both older and younger generations in your family and society. You are positioned between younger and older workers in the workplace.

Within yourself, you are both declining and growing. For example, most of us believe our health is declining, our youthful good looks are declining, our work potential is declining. On the other hand, we may believe our ability to make good decisions is growing, our autonomy is increasing, and future life satisfaction could increase.

These multi-directional pivots can make you feel dizzy and overwhelmed. Add a looming big birthday into the mix and there is a potent blend of feelings, circumstances, and a sense of your own mortality. Your whole sense of self is shifting.  

“One morning I looked in the mirror and didn’t even recognise the man looking back at me”

There is a wealth of evidence which shows a minimal amount of support during midlife to pause and consider your future makes all the difference – and can even turnaround earlier issues and challenges.

Progressive organisations are starting to provide workshops, 1:1 coaching or online tools to help mid-lifers to action plan around their …

  • Finances
  • Work and careers
  • Well-being

If you would like to learn more, please get in touch.

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