We love that quote by Neale Donald Walsch, author of Conversations with God.
And yet, the old-school notion of a successful retirement is all about comfort, isn’t it? The comfort of having enough money in the bank to last a lifetime. The comfort of owning one’s own home – lock, stock and barrel. Comfort in knowing you don’t have to get up Monday morning unless you darn well feel like it.
Don’t get us wrong. Comfort is important. Comfort is key to peace of mind and contentment. But, comfort – while nice – usually means more of the same routine. Safe, secure and, for some of us, borrrrring!
For today’s retirees, comfort isn’t enough. That’s why you see 70-year-olds skydiving on your Facebook feeds. Or, why your 65-year-old neighbor is training for her first marathon. Or, why boomers are traveling head-first into developing countries, armed only with Duolingo apps and a willingness to volunteer.
At Fit-To-Retire, we see retirement as the perfect opportunity to take a leap out of your comfort zone, knowing your coach and your comprehensive, 5-tiered plan will be there to catch you if you fall.
Want to work with underprivileged kids in Costa Rica? Great! Let’s add that to your Pre-Retirement Checklist:
What skills, talents or services do you have to share and contribute? (Self Identity)
Are your immunizations up-to-date? When’s the last time you had a physical? (Health & Nutrition)
How does your family feel about you being out of the country? Who is going to cover your correspondence, bill paying and other responsibilities while you’re gone? (Personal Relationships)
Who will your support system be traveling when traveling? Church friends? New friends? Strangers? (Social)
How much money will you need to prepare for the trip and live in Costa Rica for the duration? Do you need extra insurance or alternate health care coverage when you’re out of the country? (Financial)
By covering all the bases – not just financial – you can achieve just about anything you desire in retirement, even if it’s outside of your comfort zone.
We call it the confidence zone, a place where anything is possible.
Get started planning today. Take our complimentary retirement readiness assessment and start challenging yourself.