Clients give us all kinds of reasons why they’re reluctant to retire:
My wife doesn’t want me around all day.
I don’t know what I’d do with myself.
Work is my life.
The company would fold without me.
I can’t afford to retire. (When, clearly, they can.)
The truth is – with the possible exception of No. 1 – the main reason behind the excuses is they don’t want to be old. To feel old. To be perceived as old. To act old.
For some of us, “retired” has become synonymous with “elderly.” And, thanks to The Who, whose “My Generation” became a counterculture theme song, “Hope I die before I get old” is how some baby boomers actually feel.
Again, it’s about changing our mindset (something boomers are famous for) and adjusting our attitude.
Take a peek inside a Fit-To-Retire client’s Playbook (the ‘roadmap’ for the first 1oo days of retirement) and you’ll see a list of suggested activities that look something like this:
Hire a personal trainer
Hike the Pacific Coast Trail
Enroll in spin classes
Sign up for the Peace Corps
Book a week at Sonoma Wine Camp
Do those things scream “old” to you?
Modern retirement is a time for reinvention, re-imagining and re-firing. A successful modern retirement will offer the same – if different – fulfillment and rewards you experienced in your working life….and more!
All is takes is a plan. Start planning yours today. Take our free readiness assessment now.