Are you too busy working to think about what you do when you’ll retire? Just thinking about the time when you can stop commuting, stop going to meetings day in and day out, stop dealing with office politics? But then what?
Investment planning can help make sure you are financially secure in retirement, personal coaching can help you think ahead about how you want to spend your time in the best way.
Some people ask me, why should I prepare? I’m just ready to relax and spend time in my garden. But the fact is, life expectancy figures for people in the UK are on the increase thanks to healthier lifestyles and medical advances. You could spend almost a third of your life in retirement.
Coaching can help you gain clarity on what you want for the next stage of your life and take action to prepare. This may be doing something totally new, or it could be building on skills and knowledge you already have. Our older role models are those who still feel they are “valued contributors”, live with purpose and do what they enjoy.
A happy retirement does not just happen. It takes thought and planning. My own father is a case in point. He retired 3 times. Each time he stopped working, he couldn’t cope with the lack of mental stimulation, the structure, and the social network that his career provided. And as a result, he worked too long and medical issues got in the way. He was unable to fulfil lifelong dreams of travel, and opportunities to do something different. His advice to me is: Don’t waste this precious time – make the most of it.