Online Program – Lifestyle Choices
Life is about change and choice. Sometimes we cannot choose the changes that happen to us, as with a forced retirement, but we can choose how to deal with them.
Why is life management such an issue today, and why bother planning for the future? Because the world of our childhood no longer exists. Gone are the days when Mom was a housewife, Dad was a one-company man who retired at age 65, and they lived in the same house until they died in their early 70s. Times have changed.
- We live longer.
- We have our health longer.
- Mandatory retirement will soon be a thing of the past.
- We can expect to change jobs, and even careers, several times during our working lives.
- We move many times in a lifetime.
- Two income families are the norm.
- Not everyone has a pension plan.
- Parental leave is an option for new fathers.
- Corporations merge, downsize and relocate with alarming frequency.
Retirement used to last 5 or 10 years, determined by the mandatory age of 65 and the short life expectancy. Today, life expectancy is such that we may well live into our nineties. What will we do for those 30 plus years?
Wouldn’t it be great to put your feet up, relax, sleep late, read all day, living a life of leisure, free of any obligations or activities? This is a typical day in the “honeymoon period.” It’s a necessary time to recharge your batteries — like a vacation.
But according to most retirees, that works for a while and then they realize that, having worked all their lives, they still want to be active and productive. They need and want some of that “life structure” that working full time gave them. They had a reason to get out of bed in the morning. The structure allowed them to live their life meaningfully, with challenge and motivation. That structure is needed in the “new retirement”.
This program helps you create the structure for yourself, by leading you through some “soul touching” questions, such as:
- What motivates me?
- How will a major change affect my family?
- What do I really like to do?
- What are the consequences of not making this change?
- If the change results in more “free time”, what will I do with it?
- If it results in less time for myself (and those I love), how will I cope with that?
- How will I spend my time?
Of course, the answers usually have financial implications, and this program helps you sort them out, too.