It’s time to look at retirement in a whole new light. Not as a chance to stop, but as a chance to move forward in a direction you have always dreamed of going. It’s your chance to make your dreams come true. It’s your chance to live a life of true meaning, value, and solid purpose.
Three Elements To a Fulfilling Retirement
It may seem obvious but most new retirees have been so concerned with retiring from something, they have yet to consider what they’re retiring to, and thus the three parts to retirement.
- You must have something to retire from such as a job, career, or position of responsibility.
- You need something to retire to. This could be a new job or career, joining the board of a company, a personal passion, working for a non-profit, getting into a new relationship, or moving both physically and emotionally. Hopefully what you’re retiring to makes you feel like you’re contributing to the world’s betterment, even if it’s your neighborhood group.
- Creating a non-financial retirement plan means asking many questions of yourself—and answering them. Thus, the third element needed to retire is someone to nag you to get off your duff to do make a plan, and then take the first step in that plan. While I prefer my title as is, Chief Retirement Navigator, I’m also referred to as ‘the nag,’ which I don’t mind as long as the job gets one.
Results from Theory or Experience?
Non-financial retirement planning is a fairly new industry and since few coaches have actually experienced retirement, much of what is offered in the coaching world is based on theory. My theory is to teach only what I know from experience, which is supplemented by research and studies.
While sailing my boat all the way around the world, I followed many a course marked by buoys. They led the way through dangerous shoals, between reefs, and provided a safe haven for mooring. The international buoy system is like a roadmap and if followed properly, will keep you in safe waters. Buoy Coaching provides safe and confidential guidance into a new phase of life as you redefine your retirement.
Where to Start
Your plan should start by identifying your true passions, which may be aligned with what you did for your career, or they may be new ones you haven’t yet had time to explore. Then look at how you can combine that passion with your skills, experience, and knowledge gained by a lifetime of work. This is the beginning of finding your own route to a retirement of fulfillment and purpose.
Need a first step? Grab a copy of my new eBook, The Top 5 Retirement Planning Secrets. It’s free and you can get it by clicking here. When will you take the first step?