The Power of Long-Term Thinking in Retirement
“Without clear things to look forward to, life loses its flavour.”
Retirement is often mistakenly perceived as the end-goal, when in reality it’s just the start of a new life phase.
Older adults often have a short-term view of their lives and fail to plan for the long term, yet they may live multiple decades beyond the standard retirement age.
Long-term thinking gives us the freedom to consider our purpose in a deeper, more profound way.
It can lead to a more fulfilling retirement experience and the ability to make a positive impact beyond our own lifespan.
Developing a long-term mindset doesn’t come naturally to us. We live in a world of instant gratification, where short-term goals are rewarded and re-enforced.
We also have to proactively confront the fallacy that retirement is the “finish-line”, where you rarely hear about 10 or 20-year plans post-retirement.
One of the best ways to foster a long-term mindset is through the intention and process of setting good goals. Goals that are 5, 10, 20, or even 50 years after your retirement.
In addition to your own goals, you can also set ones for your legacy – whether that is something for your grandchildren or something lasting for your community, Alma Mater, or the environment.
Here’s a great exercise to get you started tomorrow morning:
✤Start an “Ideas Journal”
Take time for free-form thinking every morning.
Start with jotting down your desires. For example, it might start as “I would like to record my history”.
✤Ask questions of existing ideas
The next morning you might start asking questions of those ideas.
For example, “What part of my history would I like to focus on? Who would I want to leave this record for?”
✤Turn ideas into action steps
You can then start to break down those ideas into action steps.
For example, “Every day I will set aside 1 hour to this task, starting with my experience at St Joseph’s College as a nursing student. I’ll start my first hour today.”
Writing in our Ideas Journal keeps our goals top-of-mind, and when we write day after day, we tend to think of what we’d like to do next.
By naming our dreams and accepting the first steps toward them, we move closer to the life we had previously only imagined!
Why not start your Ideas Journal right now?
These are meant to be some of the best years of our lives! And we are committed to facilitating that experience for our residents.
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