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
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!