Let’s say you’ve done all the right things; went to law school, got a job with a good firm, and now collect a nice paycheck and benefits. Yet, the age of 30 is fast approaching and you’re feeling like you’re wearing the wrong skin. Your life doesn’t fit who you are inside. Yet everyone around you is very proud of your accomplishments. They say, “Be grateful you have a job. You won’t find anything better than what you have.”

Or, maybe you’ve been successful at your career for many years and the age of 56 is fast approaching. You’ve built your reputation, honed your skills, and are quite good at what you do. You’re rather attached to your prestigious title. Yet inside you’re tormented. The politics in your office are driving you mad and you’re having health problems. Or maybe you just got fired.

Congratulations! You’re right on schedule. If you’re questioning everything about your life from career to relationships, this is on purpose. You pre-programmed these two major career reinventions into your lifetime, and you’ve just bumped into one.

It’s time to wake up and remember who you are and what you came to do. These two turning points are what the astrologers call the Saturn Returnings.

The first wake-up call hits everyone from the ages of 27 to 30; the second hits us from age 54 to 58. The unease you experience is inevitable. Quit complaining about how confused you feel, and be grateful that your wise old higher self knew you would need these two major wake up calls and pre-programmed them into your lifetime.

The pain you feel is on purpose; it’s your fuel for moving forward. If you don’t use that pain to fuel your reinvention, you’ll self-destruct.

The end result of this inner turmoil will be a happier career that’s more aligned with your authentic self and what you came here to accomplish. It’s not the end of your world, it’s just the beginning. And it will take courage to head in a new direction.

Now is the time to ask yourself the big questions: Why am I here? What did I come here to accomplish? These questions will guide you to the first step of your career change – whether that means investigating where you could teach law; researching a different type of practice; getting re-educated; or starting your own business.

Your new direction builds on the things you’ve already accomplished; you take your past experiences and knowledge and re-package them for your next career. Every course you’ve ever studied and every skill you’ve ever learned has been on purpose. Now it’s time to re-use, recycle, and reinvent everything you know.

The turning point at 56 can be the most challenging. My goodness, you’ve had an awesome career so far. You’ve raised kids. You’re not just a nobody. Yet your life is in turmoil. You know inside that you haven’t done your great work yet. You know you’re here to make a difference in the world. It’s time to peel off the layers of pretense and false identity you’ve developed to succeed in the world of career. Own your authentic self in the world, and do the work you came here to do. Your higher self is telling you that you only have a few productive decades left, and it’s now or never.