If you’re not yet familiar with the concept of Quarter Life Crisis, you’re not alone. It’s also likely that you are not a Millennial.
As a Professional Coach, a number of my clients are emerging adults. Generally between the ages of 18 and 25, they are facing some very real challenges as they transition from school and living at home to living independently and building careers.
It irks me when I hear the “older” generation (mine) assigning adjectives like lazy, entitled or confused to describe this group of what I know to be generally ambitious, conscientious, and hard working young adults.
To be sure, they are different from us, but no more than we are different from our parents’ generation. One significant and life altering difference is that they are not waiting until mid life to have that all too familiar crisis. They don’t want to wait till 45 to do what they can do at 25; to ask (and answer) the life-defining questions that are integral to living a life of purpose and meaning.
When I experienced a midlife crisis, it was as the result of questioning deeply held assumptions and beliefs that suddenly were thrown up in the air, because of the external circumstances of my life. Like many others of my generation, I was forced into asking the deeper questions I had avoided so far. However, my young clients’ Quarter Life Crisis is borne out of their lack of clarity around their beliefs and assumptions as they move forward. There is a profound difference to be recognized here. I was asking, “Who am I and what has been the purpose of my work/life?” They are asking, “How can I be true to myself, and what will be the purpose of my work/life?”
Here’s the top 5 obstacles that keep my Millennial clients “stuck”. Understanding these obstacles is the first step to helping them create the mindset and take the actions that will move them forward.
Now that you know a few of the symptoms of the Quarter Life Crisis and the reasons for them, you can help, rather than judge, a loved one who might be experiencing it. You can also be proud of them, knowing that if they navigate this transition successfully, they will have created a solid foundation for a purposeful and fulfilling life into their 30’s, 40’s and beyond.
If you are curious to learn more about this subject or have a loved one who could benefit from being coached through this transition, I have some ideas to share with you.
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