Envisioning Your Retirement

Explore the power of envisioning your retirement and learn how to proactively plan for an engaging and fulfilling post-career life.

Envision Your Second Act

No, you're not the only soon-to-be retiree who's reluctant to leave your working days behind. What we do is so tied up in who we are that it can be difficult to picture yourself without a 9-to-5 job, even if part of that picture involves a beachfront condo or daily tee times. While some retirees see carefree days and endless possibilities, you might be staring at a blank calendar, worried that you're going to go crazy without meetings, deadlines, and tasks that fill you with purpose.

Answering these three questions will help you start to fill in those blanks and rethink what your retirement can be.

1. Designing an Ideal Week

To create your ideal week, start by taking a calendar or a sheet of paper. Divide each day of the week into three sections: Morning, Afternoon, and Night. Then, assign one or more activities to each section. Remember, these activities don't have to be extravagant. Begin with small steps. For example, you can schedule a refreshing post-breakfast walk with your spouse on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. In the afternoon, allocate some time for reading, allowing yourself to unwind and indulge in a good book. Additionally, consider coordinating with your retired friends to find a convenient time for a weekly dinner or a friendly tennis match.

By incorporating these activities into your daily schedule, you'll notice your days filling up with meaningful and enjoyable experiences faster than you might have anticipated. What's even more exciting is that by intentionally scheduling these activities, you're more likely to follow through and actually engage in them. Unlike many retirees who spend their days on the couch, continually saying, "I'll get to that," you'll be taking proactive steps towards a fulfilling retirement. So, make the most of your time and increase the likelihood of a successful retirement by being intentional with your schedule.

2. What have I observed about other retirees?

Although the classic image of retirement is a life of financial security and leisure, many of us have seen a less positive side of retirement as well. If your parents started arguing more once dad retired or if one of your newly retired friends is having money problems, you might worry that your own retirement is going to be less of an extended vacation and more of an endless worry.

To gain some valuable insights, grab a piece of paper and divide it in half. On one side, jot down all the things you've noticed about people whom you consider successful retirees. How do they spend their time? Did they choose to stay in their family home or move somewhere new? What are their relationships like? What hobbies do they enjoy? How have they strengthened their connections to their communities? Additionally, think about the financial strategies they have implemented, such as investment portfolios or savings plans, that have contributed to their retirement success.

On the other side of the paper, note the things you've observed from less successful retirees. How would you describe their mindsets and emotions? Do they appear intellectually stimulated? Are they in good health? Do they receive adequate support from their social networks? Consider their financial situations as well. Are they struggling to make ends meet? Did they fail to plan for unexpected expenses or unforeseen circumstances?

After completing your lists, take some time to reflect on the insights you have gathered. You should now have a clearer understanding of the attitudes and habits you want to embrace in your own retirement, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid. Use this knowledge to develop a comprehensive retirement plan that not only focuses on financial security but also on maintaining a fulfilling and enjoyable lifestyle during your retirement years. Remember, it's never too early to start preparing for a successful and worry-free retirement!

3. What's really important to me?

Even individuals who are passionate about their jobs rarely find joy in the work itself. Instead, they appreciate how their jobs allow them to effectively utilize their top skills, explore their creativity, express themselves authentically, make a meaningful contribution to society, and cultivate meaningful relationships. Furthermore, they recognize that their dedication and hard work lead to a happier and more fulfilling life not just for themselves, but also for their loved ones.

Create an extensive list encompassing all the ways in which your career has brought forth your finest qualities and empowered you to act in alignment with your values. Additionally, take into consideration the individuals you desire to spend quality time with during your retirement, the destinations you aspire to visit, and the activities you yearn to engage in. Upon reviewing this comprehensive list, you may stumble upon unexpected connections that could potentially lead you towards thrilling new ventures, such as memorable family vacations, fulfilling volunteer opportunities, or the transformation of your talents into valuable skills.

If you are eager to delve deeper into these significant inquiries and explore others, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment with us today. We are confident that our comprehensive planning process will provide you with a fresh, positive, and empowering perspective on your retirement journey.