Having a sound retirement mindset can make a big difference in how much you enjoy these very special years. One of the most important factors is to be truly grateful for the gift that you’ve been given in reaching retirement age. Many people never make it to this milestone. It is an accomplishment and a blessing to complete the journey through all of the years of working and to now have the luxury of choosing how to spend your time.
If you’re like most people, you’ve sacrificed through your working years to get to this day. You spent more time at your workplace than you would have liked to and that meant you spent less time with your family, traveling and developing hobbies. Your retirement mindset should now be to remedy that situation as quickly as possible. Approach life with a new determination and energy to finally catch up on all the things you had to cut short or may have missed altogether.
Your retirement mindset should be to finally make the time you have your own and to approach each day like the first day of summer vacation or someone giving you a blank check for a gigantic shopping spree. The secret to enjoying retired life is to understand what gives you true enjoyment. It sounds easy but most people have unexplored possibilities that they have not thought about in a long time. Perhaps it was getting into your car and taking off to explore the country. I had that thought when I graduated high school and, although I could not do it at the time, it’s exactly what my wife and I did when I retired. We took a leisurely trip down south during our first winter of retirement and have been doing the same thing ever since. It was better than we could ever imagined.
We had become determined, as part of our retirement mindset, to make the most of our time and enjoy one of the things we enjoy most: seeing new things and experiencing different parts of the country just to see how they live. We would have never done it if we hadn’t talked about it and planned it.
I realize not everyone has a travel partner and having my best friend, who is also my wife, be a part of this adventure was something I am truly grateful for. I also realize that financial constraints may limit what you can do as well but I also know that finding a way to address these challenges will make it even more enjoyable. Finding a friend or new acquaintance to travel with might change your life in ways that you can’t even imagine now. And selling old stuff to finance the trip can be fun and very profitable.
The most important thing about a healthy retirement mindset is to become determined to enjoy life. It’s the greatest gift any of us has ever been given and you won’t believe the difference it makes when you start to look at the possibilities rather than the obstacles and begin to Enjoy Retired Life.