Life Transition and Retirement

Retirement Is a Major Life Transition 

Don’t kid yourself.  Without proper planning for the emotional side of retirement, you could end up floundering for a while when that new journey begins.   Take some time prior to retirement to ask yourself some provocative questions that will start you off running the day you leave your job.  Start today by asking yourself this question.  You should know this is just the tip of the iceberg.

What three words describe what retirement means to you?  Say the words out loud a few times.  I recommend writing the three words for more clarity.  Then, ask yourself the following questions and write your answers below each word.



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Are Daily Routines Important?

My daily routines changed when I retired and it has been difficult for me to manage these new routines.  So, I got to thinking about routines, in general.  Per the dictionary “a routine is a habit or sequence that doesn’t vary.    I thought, hmmm, good question for my weekly FB survey.

Without delay, I asked 1) Do you have routines you do every day?  2) What is the benefit? 3) Is there a negative aspect?

Here are the results:

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Making Your Mind Matter

Let’s Go Back 20 Years in Mind and Body.

You CAN do this, you know. The mind is very powerful.  I can’t say I am living proof, but there have been experiments done where groups of individuals have retreated for several weeks from society.  They lived and breathed as if they were 20 years younger.   After a short period of time, they were playing football, tennis, etc. like they did when they were much younger.  Their fingers even grew.   Dr. Joe Dispenza talks about this experiment in his book, Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself.  In his book he emphasizes you are not doomed by your genes and hardwired to be a certain way for the rest of your life. A new science is emerging that empowers all human beings to create the reality they choose.  About Dr. Joe Dispenza

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Will You Fake It in Retirement?

Have you been faking your real personality the past 30 years?  Are you an extrovert or an introvert? Millions of people have been caught in a profession that maybe really didn’t tap into their true personality.  I have just recently realized that I have a lot of introvert tendencies, but to get ahead I had to act like an extrovert.  Jack Canfield calls it a “situational extrovert”.   Consequently, there was a lot of stress in my life.  But, retirement can be different.

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Retirement – Let’s Practice

Have you ever thought of taking a trial run at retirement?  What???  Yes, try living on your retirement income to the best of your ability.

Determine what your income and expenses will be in retirement.    Could you live within those parameters for 6 months starting now?  How do you feel about this trial?

Are You In Denial When It Comes to Retirement? 

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Money Story and Retirement

Your Money Story
Money often costs too much.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

So, what is your money story?

Your money story is how money has impacted and is impacting your life now. First of all, it is a history of how you have handled it in the past. Then, how do you feel about it? Consequently, what has been the impact on your life decisions? Also, what is your family legacy around it, etc.

Does money flow through your hands like water? Or, are you a saver, consequently, never spending a dime? On the contrary, do you spend it, but have a budget to keep you from going overboard? Or, are you petrified of it and talking about it? Or, are you somewhere in between? This is an important question because being honest about your story could be the difference between a happy retirement and a stressful one.

Why You Need To Know Your Money Story

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