The last phase of the Retirement Transition process (detailed in my book – link here) is REFINE.
For me, the Retirement Transition process has been an ongoing process. Life is a series of transitions, and retirement life is no different! The Refine Phase is a balance of “keep going” with things that are working for you and renewing, refreshing, or revising your life vision and/or your plans as needed. There can be major impacts on retirement life, but many minor ones as well. A satisfying retirement life is not stagnant! I have found that on key milestones (example, the new year or the anniversary of my retirement) I will ask myself: “What’s worked, what’s not worked, what has life thrown at me lately?”
Here are a few throwback posts on refining vision statements, updating possibilities lists, and adding new activities:
- A Look at Vision Statements (Sept 2020) shares how my own vision statement changed through my retirement years (so far).
- Refine my Plan (October 2017) looks at updating my Possibilities List as does 19 Possible New Things (March 2019). I continually add things, most recently creating a “Tourist in my Own Town” list.
As I learn more about my authentic self (personal development with things like Self-Limiting Belief Exploration, Enneagram, or Human Design), I continue to REFINE my retirement lifestyle vision (checking to make sure it still feels valid) and my plans. Learning about Positive Psychology impacted my daily habits approach. As with many, the pandemic had a big impact on my daily living. Our latest Big Move was also a key milestone that caused me to work on shifting some on my daily, weekly, and monthly habits. And yes, my body/health changes as I age are also being taken into account.
Do you have retirement life changes that are causing you to REFINE your retirement lifestyle vision and plans?