Transforming your retirement is a journey of awareness and action. As you look forward to, enter or are in the midst of retirement, it is helpful to look at what you bring to this stage of life. Identify, examine and decide what to do with things that either can sabotage your dreams or enhance them. Each of the topics below is covered in more detail in one or more of the posts in the category “What you bring with you to retirement.” Click on that above (right below the title) and they will all be on one page. To see the infographic most clearly, click on the title or the image.
One of the important keys to transforming your retirement to a time of joy and fulfillment is to continue learning new things. Since I am building my online business, I am learning new tech things all of the time.
Infographics are a great tool to summarize or provide an overview of information, and especially appeal to people who are more visually oriented.
Today I put together my first infographic – the 10 Questions to Ask Yourself That Can Transform Your Retirement by opening up many possibilities.
Each of these has a blog post: click on that category in the category listing in the right sidebar.
Here’s to new tools and skills!!
Perhaps the idea of “transforming your retirement” sounds like a lot of work. Perhaps it will cost money you are trying to conserve. Perhaps you are thinking, I can look at this closely later; reading it is interesting but doing the exercises and thinking deeply about this can wait.
My advice, my plea, is that you reconsider those thoughts. Beware of inertia setting in. Be alert to the tendency to slip into and stay in comfort zones which easily become ruts. Balance your desires to relax and enjoy retirement with your desire to make this stage of your life joyful and fulfilling in new ways. They are not incompatible impulses.
Mirriam Webster Dictionary defines inertia as:
+ lack of movement or activity especially when movement or activity is wanted or needed;
+ a feeling of not having the energy or desire that is needed to move, change, etc.
Yes, relax. Yes, enjoy. YES, look at what you really want for your 3rd act of life. You can do it all. Start a step at a time. Do the exercises in the previous blog posts under the “What You Bring With You to Retirement” and “10 Questions to Ask Yourself to Open Possibilities” categories.
You can also consider the “Unlocking Your Ideal Self” program. Learn more about it here:
“What’s the biggest expense we should expect with transforming your retirement?”
Mind Mapping is a great multi-purpose tool that can help with various aspects of transforming your retirement. I first became familiar with it when Tony Buzan, the creator of modern mind mapping, published Use Both Sides of Your Brain in 1976. I have used it sporadically ever since then.
Perhaps you are not familiar with mind mapping. Tony Buzan describes it as a two-dimensional technique that uses imagery, drawings and color to gather information and associations around a specific topic. The image in this post is an example. Mind mapping allows us to visualize tasks or ideas that relate to one another and to organize them. The technique taps into both the left and right sides of our brains, which makes it very powerful.
Mind mapping can be used for endless purposes, by people of all ages – including children. For example, mind mapping is very effective for: taking notes, brainstorming, goal setting, planning, problem solving, organizing, setting agendas for meetings, and more.
Here are a couple of examples. If you have a project that needs immediate attention, you can simply write down your goals using lines, short words, drawings, and graphics. In no time at all, you can already see the solution to achieve your project. Also, a mind map agenda is a great way to set out the topics of a meeting without putting them in a rigid order. The meeting can flow more organically from one topic to another.
The power of combining words and images is immeasurable and taps into the potential of the human brain like few other tools. Perhaps you are somewhat skeptical of the claims of effectiveness. Numerous studies have confirmed the how effective the tool is for various tasks, which are easily located online.
This is an invaluable tool for your toolbox as you are in the process of transforming your retirement. Other posts will go into more detail about how to use mind mapping.
Now that you have created at least one vision board as you are transforming your retirement, what’s next? There are alternate ways to “activate” the power of vision boards. Most proponents advocate placing them where you can see them daily, preferably multiple times daily. This repeated exposure develops strong neural pathways in your brain to what you have included.
Some practitioners talk of specific placement, i.e., being at your eye level in fairly specific places in your home or work. There are also stories of vision boards that were created and packed away for a few years before being re-discovered–and significant parts of the vision board were now reality.
Brandi Russell in her blog post about vision boards suggests posting your board in the bathroom where you can look at it while you brush your teeth in the morning and at night. That’s pretty practical. She also makes the important point that we still have to take action. We have to take advantage of the resources and opportunities that present themselves as we are focusing on what we want our life to be. If you are focused and are open to the “nudges”, the ideas that pop into your mind, you will have things to do. As you take the action, believe that the answer is “yes” and that what you desire is already on its way.
Katy on her Midlife Rambler blog identified 5 reasons that vision boards may not have the results you desire. These may be helpful as you look back at what you have created and are ready to try this strategy:
First, you may be focusing on goals rather than feelings. You always want images that elicit the feelings you seek. Second, is not being clear about what will make you happy. Also, rushing the process too much, keeping a vision board that doesn’t resonate any more, and forgetting to look at the board.
Vision boards can be very helpful in the process of transforming your retirement. Give it a try and let me know how it goes!