We must make a confession. We don’t like the term “retired.”
We’re not grammar experts. We’ll leave that to Mignon Fogarty, aka Grammer Girl.
However, to say “I’m retired” describes a present condition in the past tense!
Why would you do that? Why would you spend the rest of your life describing an event that happened years or decades ago?
So always have something to look forward to. And don’t wait until you retire to do this.
You should have it now. We’re on the cusp of a new year. What’s next for you?
Don’t think about New Year’s resolutions. Throw that idea away. Instead, think about what’s next.
Why your why matters
Your next may be better health. It may be more balance between work and home. It could be any number of things.
It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it’s important – really, really important to you. Because if it isn’t, you’re doomed before you started.
So once you know what’s next for you, think about your “why.”
Why do you want it? What is driving you to this next thing?
If your reasons aren’t compelling enough, move on to the next next. If you can’t get excited about your next now, you’ll never succeed on days when motivation wanes.
Keep your why in mind to help drive you to your next reality.
Your next reality
Once you’re settled on your next thing, picture yourself having already achieved your next thing.
Take it in deeply, using all your senses. Feel it. You’ve reached your goal. You’re a success.
Now picture yourself doing those things required to get you there. Jump back to the feeling of completion.
You want to associate the actions required with the success. Win in your mind first. Then bring it to the physical world.
Stick your next out!
Yes, you got it right. We didn’t say “stick your neck out.” We said “next.”
Tell others. Then you’ll commit to it.
Our professional next is a new business we plan to launch shortly after the first of the year. It’s an extension of BIGG success. More details to follow.
What’s your next?
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