Midlife crisis: How to combat the moron?

Midlife crisis: How to combat the moron?
Midlife crisis: How to combat the moron?

You’re diagnosed with midlife crisis

Sarah didn’t feel like getting up in the morning. She did’t look forward to a great day. She dragged herself to work everyday and reluctantly worked to finish stuff for the sake of a pay check.
 Sarah clearly realised she had lost her inner mojo. She yapped about doing something more interesting with her life – but wasn’t sure how or where to begin.

When colleagues talked about people who had moved on to newer careers or ventures, she felt a deep longing for change.

She’d start thinking about her own interests, but would apply a quick brake when she mused about her financial or personal commitments.

Skepticism & fear of failure are still keeping her at her status quo.

If you identify yourself with Sarah, you’ve arrived at a station called “Midlife crisis’ in the journey of your life.

The pangs hit people as early as in thirties, now – happens to men and women alike. Good news: You are not alone!


The painkiller – commit to your calling.

Easier said than done but just ask yourself – who is the best person to solve it for you other than your able self?. Although the world is full of inspiring stories of risk takers who go all out to slay the midlife crisis demon, you don’t have to be an overnight ’all-or-nothing’ change maker. 

Start small but think big.

Invest an hour a day for your personal development. In a year’s time you will be surprised to have renewed yourself and regained your mojo. Here’s a 4 step action plan for you.
  1. Ask yourself these hard questions – what interests you deeply? and why?. The answer that brings you some inner sense of joy is the exciting gig that you need to commit to.

    Pen your thoughts down – it’s important because it helps reinforce your commitment.

    If you have more than one, note them all down. Be patient and tackle them one at a time, so you don’t lose focus. 

  2. Note down your fears that prevent you from pursuing your exciting gig.

    Score-off all these  negatives – just disregard them.

    This exercise is meant to make you aware of what’s been holding you back. 

  3. Now write down some small steps you can do in an hour a day, of your ‘me’ time to get your exciting gig done.

    Read about your field of interest everyday – from books, magazines or blogs. Connect, listen and learn from people who’ve done it.

    Sign up for a course – free or paid. Volunteer or intern for learning by doing. Take up a side project to work during off-hours or weekends. Just do whatever it takes.

    You can also explore some adult internship options. To know more, head over to this post on adult internship options

  4. Slowly chart your course to make your gig a full-time vocation.

    Plan it meticulously considering all dimensions of your life.

    If full-time gig is not your forte, run it as a committed side gig as long as you wish to. 

Happy experimenting!

To cut a long story short: If you have a vision and work to follow it through, success often follows.

You get the hang of it! Just repeat the cycle once in few years.

Run some experiments with your life – you gain in some, lose in some – but the journey is super exciting to make you look forward to an awesome day, every day. You will cross the midlife crisis successfully while building your confidence to find and live your dreams at any age!


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Midlife crisis: How to combat the moron?
Midlife crisis: How to combat the moron?

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  1. Great post. Ugh career options are so confusing for me. I want to work with animal organizations, animal welfare. I currently work for a nonprofit and am about to start an internship with an animal sanctuary which is a huge and scary step towards my dream! Truly hoping it helps and I am able to balance it all….but a big career shift does seem daunting. For me, I am trying not to think of it as so black and white anymore. I figured, I am already working for a nonprofit and blogging, so let me use those 2 big skills as part of making my dreams come true. I am considering going for a masters in marketing because it seems you can do anything with that. I think I need something broad like that because I have a lot of different things I want to do.

    1. Congratulations, Shannon. You know what you want. You have varied interests and skills – that is an awesome place to be 🙂

      One very simple suggestion: you might want to prioritize and focus on one or two at a time, so you see the results of your labor sooner, which in turn will keep you motivated all through. Wish you the very best!

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