Though my primary focus is on helping people find passion in their careers, occasionally I work with people who have retired and are trying to figure out what to do with their lives now that they don't have a title to hang their identity on. I love doing that!
The concepts I work with are the same whether it is for somebody at 30 trying to figure out what to do with their career, or somebody at 65 trying to figure out what to do with their retirement.
Remember my definition of passion: "The energy that comes from bringing more of YOU into what you do." There is no difference between bringing passion into your career and bringing passion into your retirement. It's all about figuring out how to fill your days with something that feels energizing, meaningful, and fulfilling. And it all boils down to figuring out who you are at a core level, and charting your course accordingly.
The term "protirement" was coined in the 90's to describe the trend towards an increasing focus on living vibrant and purposeful lives after retirement.
Like anything, a great protirement doesn't just happen. It takes some work and, if you still have time, some forethought. Here is an abbreviated version of six steps for planning for protirement:
1. Start a protirement planning journal. Let this be where you place all your ideas as they come to you about what you'd like to do "some day."
2. Set aside an hour or two. Meditate, listen to music, do what works for you to get in a relaxed state. Now write in your journal about your life 10, 20, 30 years from now. Include details describing a typical day; week; month.
3. Pretend you've won the lottery and you never have to worry about money again. What would you do with your time?
4. Make a list of things you've ever enjoyed doing. Look back over your life and remember what it felt like to just have a good time.
5. How do you want to be remembered? Pretend you are a fly on the wall at your own funeral. What are people saying about you?
6. Make a budget. No, make three budgets! The first budget can be your today budget...Make the second budget a bare bones budget...For the third budget, think about your needs in the future.
Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst (sm)
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