To reach the executive ranks in a company, more than likely you are hard working, competitive, possess deep expertise, and value achievement. In return money, power, and status are the rewards. However, since any executive role is inherently temporary, when we retire, our corporate identity retires with us. For most executives, this withdrawal is unexpectedly difficult. This is the profound experience of Retirement Shock, especially challenging for Type A, “workaholic” Baby Boomer retirees. Corporate success does not necessarily translate into retirement success. You may have a solid financial plan, but this only is 50% of the retirement equation. Without a replacement life plan, you are facing what could be 20-30 years of feeling adrift and unsatisfied. Some executives do have the foresight to begin preparing for their retirement transition five or six years prior to their retirement date. The earlier you begin addressing the “soft side” of retirement, the easier and more satisfying the transition will be for you. Rather than retiring from something….begin your journey, today, of retiring to something….!
I help you move beyond the threat of Executive Retirement Shock transition to discover and craft your new life plan. We will begin your coaching gathering insight into your retirement readiness using the Retirement Success and Life Options Profile assessments. The insight from these powerful tools provides the foundation for your new life plan and exploration of new possibilities for retirement your satisfaction. Through powerful questions, exercises, and action plans, you will find yourself joining my many Baby Boomer clients who have successfully reinvented themselves in their “second act” of life!
Rebranding is a popular marketing term. It refers to changing or updating an image to develop a new identity or to reposition a product or company. Similarly, retirement is a time to move from your former brand to who you are now becoming. Do you remember the first time, post retirement, when someone ask, “What do you do?". Did you launch into a description of your former work role? Did you mumble something about being retired and watch the person’s eyes glaze over? Did you feel at a complete loss as to how to respond?
I will help you discover who you really want to be in this new phase of life. We’ll focus on YOU 2.0. As part of your coaching, you will create a vision board, graphically displaying key aspects of your new life. This will serve both as a tangible reminder and a personal commitment to living your dream. You will create a life purpose, vision, and mission statement to feed your new life’s “30 second elevator speech”. You will explore what you need to put in place and to what you need to remove to make this vision an exciting reality. In addition to having clarity and an updated life purpose, next time someone asks you, “What do you do?” you will be excited and confident to share your new, rebranded self.
The sheer amount of Baby Boomers retiring daily, ten thousand per day for the next twenty years (U.S. Social Security Administration), makes you part of one of the biggest generational transitions of all time. Baby Boomers grew up in the socially conscience Sixties and Seventies. Today, Boomers place a premium on youthful living and a search for meaning in retirement. I have seen this translate into meaningful “encore” careers, volunteerism, and personal spiritual journeys for my coaching clients. In this “second act” of life, Baby Boomers are soberly faced with their own mortality and creating their life legacy. As a Baby Boomer, myself, I know this to be true. You may find yourself asking, “What do I want to do? What is most important to me? What will be my legacy reflecting my time here?” Years spent working forced us to focus externally, but retirement is a time to look inside.
To begin your introspective journey, I will help you clarify and prioritize your values. Using this as a springboard, we will create your life purpose vision statement. Finally, we will work together to create and implement your action plan to fulfill your life purpose.