By Dr. Cynthia Barnett
Just about all of us plan to retire one day. You may visualize
yourself with plenty of free time on your hands, no commute,
and finally with an opportunity to travel with the person you
But statistics show that golden dream comes true for only a
very few of Americans. Some studies reveal less than 10
of us ever retire. Even more alarming, other studies show a
large percentage die within a year or two after retirement.
Clearly, an enjoyable, healthy retirement is not something
just "happens." To get past all the challenges that lie in
way, you need to plan for your retirement wisely.
I advise people in my seminars NOT to retire, but to RE-FIRE.
Instead of looking at retirement as merely leaving the world
work, look at retirement as a time when you can finally
the things you've always wanted to do.
Most retirement advice centers around telling you to put a lot
of money in a savings account. While saving for retirement is
important, most of what you should do to retire well can be
accomplished within five years of retirement.
Much of what you need to do to retire successfully is mental
and spiritual. When many of us retire, we walk away from a
of work that filled our days, exercised our minds, and
most of our good friends. Once you're retired, you find your
days become empty and unfulfilling, even depressing.
That's why it's critical to plan new tasks, goals, and
attitudes for retirement. While sitting in an easy chair and
relishing not having to go to work can be fun for a while,
you'll soon need activities and relationships to make your
fulfilling. You'll also need ways to create a satisfying
life that often includes important new friends.
That's why RE-FIREING in your retirement years is the right
approach to take. Rather than giving up, you're recharging and
moving forward to an even more exciting life.
Focus on attaining optimum good health, creating the
relationships you've always wanted, and finally accomplishing
some of your true purposes in life. Re-firing can help you
figure out what has been missing from your life, what you
really want to do in your senior years, and help you develop
solid strategies for quickly achieving your important goals.
About The Author: Author and retirement specialist Dr.Cynthia
Barnett is founder of www.RefireDontRetire.com Her next
"Re-fire - Don't Retire" seminar is May 6, 2006 at The Dolce
Conference Center in Norwalk, CT. Reach Dr. Cynthia at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-855-9714.