I was so excited, scared, nervous, and sad all at the same time when I requested retirement from the military after serving 30 years.
I pushed the “submit” button and I was waiting for the balloons and confetti to drop from the ceiling, but as you all know, it didn’t happen🤣
So what 3️⃣ things can you do outside of all the mandatory appointments and briefings you have to do while you’re waiting for the approval office to tell you that you can retire…
(shouldn’t have any problems with getting that approved email unless there are special circumstances)
1️⃣Downshift From 5th Gear To 2nd Gear (I learned this the hard way)
This means it’s time to gradually shift from going 100 miles per hour to about a steady 30 miles per hour. It’s time to focus on you and what you need to do to depart without being extremely stressed out! Look at your calendar and see what you can take off and or give to someone else. DON’T BE SHY. Don’t quit, just slow down.
2️⃣Practice Saying Your “Government” Name
Say your FULL name without your rank, title and position. Some of us have forgotten our name because we’ve been called Chief, Colonel, Sergeant, Superintendent, First Sergeant, etc. for so long that when someone says your real name, you look at them like they have 10 heads🙆🏾♀️
3️⃣Don’t Burn Bridges
I know it can be hard, but you can’t let ANYONE or ANYTHING get underneath your skin. You don’t want any issues with your paperwork getting signed off in a timely manner.
Also, this is a crucial time in your career when you need to maintain relationships and do some networking while you’re figuring out what you’re going to do next (if you don’t already know). You may need recommendations or referrals.
Have an AMAZING weekend!
Keep on SLAYin’ until you can’t SLAY no more🔥
Rochelle “SLAY Queen” Hemingway
CEO, SLAY To Success
Speaker | Author | Coach I USAF Veteran
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