Retirement is the time in which you can fully realize your potential. It’s a time when you can explore the world, create new opportunities and share your gifts with others.
However, retirement can also be challenging if you don’t have a clear sense of purpose – a reason why you’re doing what you’re doing (and maybe even why it matters). A lot of people enter retirement with no clear direction or plan to follow once they leave their jobs or other commitments behind. But having a purpose that’s congruent with who you are and what makes sense for your life will help guide this transition into a new stage of life and make it much easier to enjoy yourself along the way!
What is Purpose?
Purpose refers to having a reason for what you do every day. It’s something that drives us forward and gives us direction in life. It’s why we get up in the morning and go to work, why we volunteer at our local animal shelter or why we take up running marathons. Purpose gives us meaning in our lives, which contributes to overall happiness and wellbeing. As we get older, our need for purpose increases because without any goals or challenges ahead of us (like work), life can feel empty and meaningless at times.
Defining your purpose
A purpose statement is a sentence or two that defines your “why.” It answers the question, “What am I here to do?”. The following questions will help you define your own purpose:
- What are my passions? What energizes me, makes me feel alive and happy, even if it’s hard work?
- How can I use these passions in a way that helps others and gives back to society at large?
- What’s important to me? What do I want my life to stand for?
- What do I want my legacy to be and who will benefit from it long after I’m gone (friends/family members; children; future generations)?
How do you know if you’re on the right track?
You should be clear on what you want to do and have a plan for achieving that goal. If it’s something like “travel around the world” or “be financially independent,” then great! But if it’s something like “be happy” or “make a difference in people’s lives,” these are not specific enough goals – and they aren’t measurable. A good retirement plan will be detailed and measurable.
You need to have some way of measuring your progress towards achieving those goals so that you know if what you’re doing is working (or not). If one year goes by and nothing has changed, it may be time to reassess whether this path is right for you–or at least take steps towards making sure that next year isn’t another wasted year where nothing happens, and all those dreams stay just out of reach forevermore!
Set achievable goals. It’s important to start out with small, attainable goals that you can accomplish in a short period of time. This will help you stay motivated and keep your momentum going as you pursue your purpose.
Break down big goals into smaller tasks. If there are certain aspects of your dream job or business that still seem daunting or impossible, break them down into smaller steps so they’re more manageable for yourself at this point in time (and make sure those steps are meaningful). For example: “I want my own business” could turn into “I’ll start networking with other entrepreneurs who have similar interests.”
Surround yourself with supportive people who believe in what you’re doing — especially those who have done what it is that inspires you! Having someone else’s perspective on things can help keep things fresh when life gets hard; plus they’ll be able to give advice along the way should anything come up unexpectedly (which happens quite often!).
Creating a plan to move forward
Once you’ve identified your purpose, it’s time to create a plan for how you will achieve it. This is where having a team of people who support and believe in your mission can be helpful. Tell them about your plans and ask them for feedback on how they can help–and then follow through! If there are specific tasks that need doing, assign them out among the group members so no one person has too much on their plate at once. It’s also important not only to keep track of what has been completed so far but also which parts of the project still need work done before completion (or even just getting started).
Your purpose can be a powerful guide as you transition into retirement
In retirement, your purpose will be your guide. It can help you make decisions about how to spend your time and energy, as well as provide guidance when life throws unexpected challenges at you.
As you embark on this journey, remember that your purpose is unique to you and can change over time. It’s important to keep an open mind and remain flexible as you seek out new opportunities. Although the process may not always feel easy, we hope these tips will help guide you towards a more fulfilling retirement that aligns with who you are as an individual!
The Benefits of Working with a Coach to Identify and Pursue Your Purpose
Working with a Certified Non-Financial Retirement Coach to identify and pursue your purpose can be extremely beneficial. A coach provides structure and accountability, which helps you stay motivated and focused on the task at hand. They also provide an objective perspective that can help you overcome challenges and setbacks along the way.
Find out more about my Retirement Transition Coaching programmes and services or book a free telephone consultation here to talk further about how I can help you.