It's easy to envision what you're leaving behind when you submit your retirement notice. The long hours, stressful days, hectic commute, unreasonable deadlines… Who wouldn't want to get away from these pressures? And the sooner the better.
But, if all your focus is on what you're retiring from, I'm telling you that you're not ready to retire.
Until you have an idea of what will be your reason to get out of bed each morning feeling curious and energized, hold onto your job. To be ready to retire, you need to know what you're retiring to.
How do you go about figuring out what you're retiring to?
Just as you prepare financially for retirement by starting early, diversifying your assets, and preparing for the unexpected, you need to prepare in advance for what you're retiring to. Here are some suggestions to get started:
Engage in roles outside of the work role.
Explore ways that your hobbies and interests can bring meaning and purpose to your days.
Expand your social network and involvement in community activities.
Experiment with this next stage of life. Be open to new ideas and opportunities that promote discovery and growth.
You'll know that you're ready to retire when you can fill in the blank:
I'm retiring to ___________________________.
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