Have you ever questioned the status quo? Went against the grain despite personal fears or warnings from others? How did it feel? Were your efforts successful? Was it worthwhile?
No matter what you have or haven’t done in the past, the opportunity has arrived to turn retirement planning upside down and engage it on a new level. I’m referring to a contrarian style that helps you look beyond the traditional stuff that sounds good but doesn’t always work out the way you hoped. For example:
Playing Golf Every Day Hitting the links every morning and becoming a scratch golfer resonates with many pre-retirees. At least until they feel the shoulder and back pain from swinging a golf club over 70 times each day. Throw in the snail’s pace foursome ahead of you, or your group’s talkative fill-in who takes five practice swings only to duff the shot, and you begin to realize golf isn’t all that relaxing, or something you want to do every day.
Watch Grandkids There can be immense joy in spending time and spoiling future generations, but doing it on a full-time basis can quickly turn pleasure to anguish. Whether it’s those constant requests for junk food, miniscule attention spans, incessant video gaming, constant texting or a good old-fashioned drama queen acting out, retiring to the role of nanny, cook, chauffeur and more can make those old days of boring work meetings, frustrating bosses and annoying co-workers seem like a weekend BBQ with friends.
Travel The World Thoughts of visiting quaint villages, marveling at architectural masterpieces and experiencing natural wonders can evoke strong emotions. That is until you have to pass a kidney stone on a European river cruise, need a prescription filled in a foreign country, get a credit card bill showing international charges, or gasp at roaming fees for cell phone use abroad. Add in the complications of a flooded basement while you’re on the road, a missed connecting flight or a mom/dad injury at home, and you may be happy being relaxed — but accessible — at the local bed and breakfast.
The upside-down approach hits home with people because most have experienced one or more of those real life aspects of retirement. That’s why it’s important for you to have a plan in place that not only goes beyond the dollars and cents but also many of the basic premises associated with life in retirement. It’s time to focus on you and make sure you have a plan in place to avoid the dark side of retirement, replace your work identity, fill your time, stay connected to family and friends, as well as keep mentally and physically fit. All things that will help you realize running out of money pales in comparison to running out of family, friends, and good health. So we invite you to take your first steps toward a happier, healthier, and more connected retirement with your copy of Naked Retirement, including Special Bonus Material
Fact is, our lives get turned upside down on a regular basis and it will only continue to happen in retirement… which begs the question: Will you be prepared for it? Will money fix it?
Don’t position yourself and family to sink in retirement. Go in with a plan that will make sure you’re ready mentally, physically, and socially! Start today by peeling back the old and outdated layers with Naked Retirement.
Courtesy of Robert Laura, the Retirement Activist and author of Naked Retirement. Your committed companion to changing the way you think about and prepare for every aspect of retirement. Learn more by visiting: [Naked Retirement]