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Getting Out of Your Retirement Rut With Coaching

Posted Sep 12 2008 2:00pm
Have you recently retired and find yourself at loose ends or too tightly scheduled but not doing things that you find meaningful? Or, perhaps you've encountered a setback you didn't anticipate...You moved to a new area, hoping to enjoy the warm weather, but miss your family and friends back home. Or your adult child was laid off and became increasingly depressed. Or your frail elderly parent, whom you moved to be near you, is taking up all of your time.

Many early retireds meet circumstances that were not part of their dream.WSJ's " Getting Out of the Retirement Rut" by journalist Kelly Greene suggests a "retirement makeover." There's so much interest in this age group of the eldest Baby boomers who are retiring, that there is a new show, called "What's Next" on Retirement TV that focuses on helping this group remake their lives. Individuals can volunteer to be on the show and get contacts and assistance to make their lives more of what they want.

How can people determine what kind of lifestyle would suit them after retirement? Greene documents that many people are employing life coaches these days, an increasingly popular vehicle for creating your next step.

As a life and retirement coach, I was pleased to see this article. One of the niches I enjoy working with (perhaps because I'm in the same demographic) is retireds or almost-retireds who want to meet these bonus years with a plan. Not a rigid plan, but rather one that allows for serendipity. But, surely, a plan that includes the possibility of continued employment in the same field or an entirely different one, part-time or part-year, or special projects; or civic engagement; or travel while volunteering, or taking your grandchildren to exotic destinations, or caregiving. All of these ...and more are now open to the new generation of healthy, active, engaged retireds. Which constellation of activities best suits your interests, talents, values, and passions?

If you haven't thought about this yet and would like to experience a complimentary session with a seasoned professional retirement coach, email me at and check out my website.

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