How To Write A Personal Mission Statement For Your Retired Life

What do you plan to focus on when you retire? Why not set your direction now before you take the big step and write a personal mission statement for your retired life? Keep it simple and brief. Referring to it regularly offers encouragement to move forward with your retirement plans.

Everyone has a picture of what their ideal retirement looks like. For some, it represents a new beginning and unlimited opportunity. While for others, it represents leaving the prime of life behind. Therefore, if you’re in this second group, it’s likely you view retirement as a time of loss. Regardless of what you believe, retirement definitely means your life will change.

Preparing a mission statement offers a reason to think more about the changes.  Because what’s key is considering how you will react to the changes that come with this life stage. Write about how you will make the most of your retired life or how you will cope with it.

The value of the personal mission statement is really more about the thought process that you go through to create the statement than it is about the actual words themselves. Remember, what you write will have meaning just for you.

If you’re thinking a mission statement sounds too much like something that’s for work, think again. This is different from writing or supporting a mission that applies to a workplace. That type of statement offers both  purpose and direction to an entire organization. Your personal mission statement only needs to offer direction to one person and that’s you. Keep in mind that the time you spend constructing it will help clarify your thoughts about the future.  And that will add value to your retired life.

Finally, get started on your personal mission statement by thinking about what you want to focus on in retirement, what you want to do, and what you want to become. Again, don’t make it complicated.  In addition, feel free to refine it and revise it as your retired life unfolds.

The Retirement Options process for creating a Personal Retirement Mission Statement suggests that you ask yourself these 3 questions:

1. Who I am

2. What I’d like to do

3. Where I’m going

This is a great way to get started and enables you to keep the statement concise and meaningful. Writing your statement as a few simple sentences that follows this outline will allow you to adapt it as needed in the future.

Here are some examples using the Retirement Options guideline:

I am dedicated to living a simple life. In my retired life, I will seek balance between living a fun-filled life and giving back in ways that use my professional experience and skills.

I am guided by my faith.  It’s important to me to set a good example for others.  I will reach out to troubled youth and help them build a meaningful and purposeful life.

I am a family oriented person. In my retirement, I want to dedicate my life to spending quality time with  family. I will do whatever it takes to keep them well, happy and feeling supported. 

I have always been a productive person. As a result, I will continue to work as long as I am physically able to and never plan to retire. If and when retirement comes, I will use  the time to relax and enjoy the rest of my life.

Try writing  a personal mission statement for your retired life and see if that helps clarify your thoughts about what you’d like your life to become. Think about what your statement should say and begin to focus on all the possibilities this time of life offers.   

People of all ages struggle to live a more meaningful life, but the struggle to identify a meaningful retirement is very real. Working with a certified retirement coach can help you frame what’s important to you and how to work towards it in order to find a meaningful life in retirement. Please contact us if you would like to discuss your journey and how we can help.


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