Listen to the LinkedIn audio event on the same subject.
Eight Retirement Survival Steps to a Fulfilling Life
Colin messaged me, “Retirement can wait because I’m still passionate, curious, and hungry for more experiences. Life’s an endless journey, and I’ll keep exploring, learning, and contributing as long as I can. I’ll retire when I feel like it, not when society says. Age is just a number, and I’ve got plenty of living to do!”
Colin has a typical view of retirement, a lot of things in life just stop. Experiences diminish, learning fades, and contributions reduce. Retirement becomes about surviving and not about living.
I am not being critical of Colin. There is a lot of what he says that is positive and to emulate.
However, life after a career (whenever that happens) should be just as fulfilling. Therefore, let’s examine the survival steps one can take to ensure post-career life is not a withdrawal from meaningful activities but a change in them that reflects a life with more flexibility.
The earlier you start planning for post-career life, the better. I started at 16…really. My mom pushed me to save, and it stuck to become a lifelong habit. More time gives you the ability to save enough money, figure out what you want to do with your time, and make sure you’re in good health.
Create Financial Goals
How much money do you need to live comfortably in retirement? Once you know how much you need, you can start to make a plan to save for it. There are a number of different ways to save for retirement, so find one that works for you and stick to it. Get with a financial professional so you have qualified support.
Find Your Purpose
Retirement can be a time to find a new purpose in life, or a time to lose all purpose. You won’t know until you create a purpose statement. This could mean volunteering, starting a new business, or learning a new skill. Finding purpose will help you stay engaged and motivated.
Don’t Neglect the Spiritual Side
Focusing on something beyond yourself helps tie in human connection, purpose, and health much easier.
Retirement is a great time to reap the benefits of a healthy and active life. Active means physically and mentally. Staying active will help you stay healthy and engaged in life.
Retirement can be a time of isolation, so it’s important to stay connected with friends and family. You may lose over 50% of your social connections. Develop a social engagement plan with friends and family: visiting them regularly, talking on the phone, or using social media to stay in touch. Staying connected will help you feel less alone and more supported.
Take Care of Your Health
Like staying active, good health is essential for a happy and fulfilling retirement. Make sure you’re eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep. You should also see your doctor regularly for check-ups.
Retirement is a time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor. So make sure you’re taking time to do the things you love.
Colin’s passion, curiosity, and hunger for more experiences tie well into a life with purpose. However, if that purpose is only tied to the professional side of life, you create a blind spot for letting in rich personal experiences. Don’t just plan to live for work, or to survive in retirement. Decide to embrace and explore all opportunities that will lead you to a life of purpose and meaning, in work and out of work.
Learn more about the lifestyle possibilities of your future self.
Individuals and couples take the Retirement Time Analysis for free…here.
Financial Professionals learn more about the Infinity Lifestyle Design program…here.
Individuals and couples learn more about the Infinity Lifestyle Design program…here.
Sign up for my newsletter…here.
Attend or watch one of my workshops…here.