Goal Setting AFTER Retirement

Make up a "to Do List"

Wikipedia has this as their definition: Goal setting involves establishing specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-targeted (S.M.A.R.T ) goals. If you have already retired, I'm sure you remember making up a "to do list", maybe daily or weekly. Mine was an ongoing list with codes beside each item "A" (meaning the items to do first), "B" (things to do when the "A" items are complete), "C" (things you consider as "unimportant", but ones you'd like to do, time permitting).

You may wonder why add "C" items to your list; however, these are the items that you use to fill in when you need a break from the "A" and "B" lists...the fun things that get your blood moving. So, always throw in a "C" item to complete each day.

If you don't have goals, then you have stopped "growing" and soon stagnation will set in and you just disappear into the sunset of life. Why not change what is added to your "dash" in life? It's that easy! I pray that I can change those "wasted" years in my dash to more productive years. I have started my new "to do list" today -- what's on your's?

Take Charge of Your Destination

I took the photo of this charging elephant from the back seat of the jeep I was riding in.  Yes, it was scary!!!  The driver had backed up into the river so we could see the elephants bathing and cooling off in the water, this one didn't like it!
I took the photo of this charging elephant from the back seat of the jeep I was riding in. Yes, it was scary!!! The driver had backed up into the river so we could see the elephants bathing and cooling off in the water, this one didn't like it! | Source

Comments 2 comments

Pearldiver profile image

Pearldiver 3 years ago from Tomorrow - In Words & NZ Time.

I believe that to 'grow' and 'measure' one's overall ability, one needs to achieve a goal (no matter how small) each day... Often, a fear of failure is allowed to determine and negatively influence what could be effectively a positive life changing event... When we set and strive to achieve small goals each day, we learn to remove that fear of failure.

Thank you for the encouragement... take care... PD


sandy280 profile image

sandy280 2 years ago from East Coast Author

FOR FEAR OF . . .

For fear of drowning, Columbus would never have sailed.

For fear of failure, Edison would not have discovered electricity.

For fear of ridicule, Henry Ford would not have designed the car.

For fear of death, the Wright Brothers would never have flown.

For fear of many things, we fail to experience success.

For many fears, we fail to obtain happiness.

What are your fears? What fear are you choosing over elation?

Over fulfillment? Over a little bit of happiness amidst a life of sadness and strife? Throw your fears out and learn to live! You will not regret taking the chance!

Good luck to you in throwing out your fears and living life to the max!!!

Sandy

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Sandy's Treasures -- a book can take you anywhere you want to go!
    Sandy's Treasures -- a book can take you anywhere you want to go! | Source

    Use It or Lose It!!!

    Wait, THAT is not what I am referring to! I'm referring to your BRAIN!!! As Hippocrates said "Men (and women and children) ought to know that from nothing else but the brain come joys, delights, laughter and sports, and sorrows, griefs, despondency, and lamentations". And, those great words by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow says it best: "Into each life some rain must fall." Yes, those rainy days can prove to be beneficial as well. It allows us to appreciate the sunny days, it gives us time to reflect on our lives and what needs to be promoted and what needs to be forgotten, buried forever.

    Before I retired, I was constantly reading motivational, positive-thinking, self-help, how-to books. I attended those Positive Thinking, Motivational seminars. You walked out on that proverbial Cloud 9 -- you knew you could do anything you set your mind to do! Your adrenaline was high. But, this euphoria only lasted a day or a few days, at most, UNLESS you continued to feed your brain! That's why I read so many inspirational books. Those books and seminars were written and held by the men and women who had achieved their life goals. They were sharing their secrets of success with you. Yes, sharing their experiences and expertise became their new career; however, isn't that how we learn from others' mistakes? Isn't that what keeps us from re-inventing that wheel?

    So, start using your brain, with billions of neurons, believe me, you can never overload it . . . although we say that a lot! The brain controls our thoughts, our body's other organs and our actions, so please FEED IT!


    More by this Author


    Comments

    No comments yet.

      Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


      Click to Rate This Article
      working