Accepting the changes that come from leaving their full time work world may be difficult for Baby Boomers. Even though this major life change may bring new opportunities, you may feel more comfortable with preserving the status quo. This feeling can lead to resistance, even though there is a promise for a better future in the encore stage of your life.
The next time you feel resistant to change in your retirement life and you are having a difficult time accepting it, try making the change in small increments – one little step at a time.
Here are 8 bits of wisdom to help you accept your retirement lifestyle changes:
- Acceptance of change doesn’t have to be some big and formal event.
- Change can happen in many little ways.
- Try making changes in small increments – say, 10%. 10% doesn’t sound like much, but the impact can be profound.
- Your life is actually filled with dozens of little changes happening around you and to you all the time, which hardly seem worth noting. But 10% + 10% + 10% adds up.
- Every one of the little changes in your life means that there are also little beginnings taking shape and building a larger whole.
- 10% is certainly something you can learn to accept in the encore stage of your life when it comes to change.
- Don’t think of change in terms of “all or nothing,” “100% or zero percent.” Instead, think of accepting change in smaller doses.
- Minor events can have major impacts on living your retirement life with fulfillment and contribution.
Making small changes as you adjust to your encore stage of life can help you to eliminate resistance and feel like you have more control.
What small changes will you make this week to enrich your retirement lifestyle?
Janice Williams, Retirement Coach, www.welcomingretirement.com