Your WHY is your purpose, belief or cause that inspires and motivates you. Knowing your WHY will help you make better choices at work, at home and will help you find greater fulfilment in all you do.
Your WHY is what gives you fulfilment, purpose and the motivation to do what you are doing. It could include: helping people, making a difference, being healthy, supporting your family. If you are lucky, your career may have given you purpose, fulfilment and a reason to get up in the morning. Your career may also have been your identity as well as providing a range of intrinsic benefits such as mental stimulation, increased self esteem, and a financial reward for your effort. When you retire from the workforce your life changes dramatically, suddenly you have no reason to get up in the morning, reduced social contact and mental stimulation. We are trained for work but we are not trained for leisure. Prior to retirement, many people experience stress due to the uncertainty of what their lives will be like for the next twenty to thirty years without paid, full time work.
Finding your WHY in retirement will help you maintain your sense of purpose and help you replace the intrinsic benefits of work with other activities.
So how do you find your WHY? A good place to start is by looking at your core values and beliefs. Make a list of 10 or so of your values and beliefs and then prioritise them. Or sign up for my Lifestyle Planning for retirement program to explore ways to find fulfilment after work ends. of purpose and social Contact me to find out about my coaching packages.