Be the Boss of You
Retirement is a process that you direct and take responsibility for. If you’ve been the boss, then you should know something about motivating and coaching employees. Have you considered how you’ll motivate and coach yourself through the retirement process? Be the boss of you. Just how well do you listen to yourself now?
Maybe you haven’t been the boss, but no doubt you have an opinion on what management style works for you. Chances are you like to feel empowered in your decision making. Once you begin planning your retirement, you are empowered and in-charge of making it successful.
Self-direction has a place in retirement planning. There’s no one to tell you how to do it. There’s no policy manual or handbook. It’s not a subject that you learn about in school. In addition, gold stars aren’t handed out for a retirement well done. There’s really only one person who judges how successful you are in this new life stage and that’s you. The better you are at being self-directed and managing the process, the more successful you’ll find retirement.
If you aren’t sure where to start, begin by looking at what you value. A self-directed person listens to others but makes decisions based on what values are important to them. While a self-directed person also sets goals and recognizes that achieving them may not always be easy or fun. Also a self-directed person has doubts and fears just like everyone else but stays focused on working through them.
Can you figure out your values, your strengths, set goals and motivate yourself to be productive as you plan your retirement? Does this sound overwhelming? Working with a retirement coach can help you move forward so that you can direct yourself through the retirement planning process. Remember, you’re the boss and it’s all about what you want.
Take a step forward today and begin by asking yourself, “What do I want?”