Last week I shared six tips to help you find harmony and fulfillment in the next chapter of your life.
- I count my blessings.
- I dream big.
- I practice forgiveness.
- I give generously.
- I take responsibility.
- I connect with others.
This week I want to share six more strategies to incorporate in your life. Believe it or not, retirement is hard. It is number 10 on the list of top ten life stressors! It is hard because it involves so much change and loss. Incorporating these tips into your ReEnergized life in your next chapter will put you on the path to meaning, purpose and fulfillment.
- I am a life-long learner. The idea here is believing that we can always learn. There is a saying that “if you stop learning, you die.” Dare to live, dare to learn. If you make a mistake, it is a learning opportunity that keeps you moving forward.
- I embrace change. We know that life is a series of changes. Focusing on the present moment and preparing yourself for the next chapter of your life, is a wonderful way to embrace change. Steve Maraboli, in Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience said, “The beautiful journey of today can only begin when we learn to let go of yesterday.”
- I explore my strengths and my interests. First look at some of your strengths you have been using throughout your career. Are there other strengths that you would like to develop now? This is a great time to figure out what else you are good at and what you really want to do. Let that knowledge guide your choices.
- I ask for help. Asking for help takes strength and vulnerability. It also invites other people into your life, in ways they may have not been there before. The things you may want help with could be as simple as a referral to a new doctor or information about an activity you have not attended. You might ask for insight into a challenging relationship you are having. Everyone likes to help. Ask for help and offer to help. You may find that you like it.
- I recognize opportunities. The transition into retirement is a time when “one door closes, and another door opens.” In fact, many doors may open, if you are looking for opportunities. Stay alert for promising openings. And when you see an opening, have the courage to walk in. Feeling excited about all the possibilities that are available to you now, will keep you motivated and inspired. Your mind is your greatest tool of empowerment and of discouragement. Focus your mind on opportunities.
- I try new things. This is your time to try new things, things that you may have always wanted to do, and put off. Be open to experimentation. Go kayaking. Go on a nature walk. Plan a trip to someplace you have never been. Bake your own bread or knit a scarf. You will build new memories, make new friends and you may find a new interest.
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