Get Going With Passion!

It’s not enough to just get going – you want to get going with passion! That means living with purpose.

Living with Purpose

Have the courage to get going with passionFor so long in your life, you were living with purpose: you were providing and caring for your family and focusing on doing well in your career or business. And that took most of your energy and time. Now comes retirement: that purpose that drove you for so long is accomplished. And even though you’re keeping busy, you feel lost in a big empty void, wondering if living with purpose is gone forever.

What if it wasn’t a void, but a space filled with new possibilities, waiting for you to grab them? What if you could take the parts of your old life that you liked the best and use them again, but in a new way? Re-purpose them? Or maybe you’re ready to re-invent yourself?

In either case, the first step is to get centered and find what lights that fire inside of you. As Stephen Covey suggests, “If the ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step we take just gets us to the wrong place faster.” In other words, a successful retirement is more than just keeping busy. It’s about keeping busy with things that mean something to you and give you a sense of living with purpose and passion once again – things that make you excited to get out of bed in the morning.

Here are some questions to start you thinking.

    A. If you want to repurpose your skills and talents:

    What parts of your pre-retirement life did you like the best? Get specific.

    Why did you like those aspects of your pre-retirement life?

    How did they make you feel? Don’t just say “being useful” – say how or why it made you feel useful.

    Was there a particular skill you were using that you enjoyed?

    Was there a result that brought you satisfaction? If so, say why it brought you satisfaction.

    How could you possibly use these things in new ways or new situations?

    B. Maybe it’s time to reinvent yourself:

    Which of the following intrigue you? Check your top 5 items.

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    Ready to get going with passion?

    Hooray! You are at least partially on your way to living with purpose again and finding what wall you want to lean your ladder against. But thinking about it and waiting for the passion or purpose to come to you isn’t always the best solution. Notice that in the directive “get going with passion” get going comes first. That’s because at some point you’ve got to just DO something. Be like a kid, trust your instinct and tune into that passion that’s already inside of you waiting to be heard. Then get going with that passion!

    Living with purpose also includes enjoying the journey

    A word of warning, if you’re feeling the impatience that is typical of Type A personalities. Living with purpose is not a prize you need to achieve all at once or by an artificial deadline. You don’t have to do it all at once. It’s more like a PATH you’re choosing (or at least trying out, because sometimes you don’t know if it’s right until you take a step or two on it). And as clichéd as it sounds, it’s all about the journey along this path you’ve chosen to try. The destination is important – that gives you direction – but it’s not the be all and end all. The real fun of retirement is being able to enjoy getting to your destination and having the liberty to change your direction if you like. You can achieve and enjoy at the same time.

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