Podcast Episode 343: Crafting a Retirement with Vision and Preparation
Planning for a fulfilling retirement is a significant life milestone, representing the culmination of years of hard work and the dawn of a new, exciting chapter. But retirement planning goes beyond just financial security. It is a holistic process that also involves emotional well-being, nurturing social connections, and the pursuit of purpose.
In our latest podcast, Eric Hogarth, CFP® joined the show to discuss the approach to retirement when people are prepared and have a vision for what they want it to look like versus those that don’t have any idea. The vast majority of people we work with fall into that latter category, which is why we wanted to spend some time outlining the importance of knowing what you want the next chapter of life to look like.
A crucial aspect of retirement planning involves developing a clear vision for your post-career life. A compelling example of this is the story we share of Tom and Carol, a couple who approached their retirement with a well-detailed and well-executed plan. Unlike many retirees, they had a precise idea of their desired lifestyle post-retirement. This approach allowed them to prioritize what mattered most to them during their golden years. Their story serves as a testament to the power of clear planning and highlights the benefits of a well-designed retirement.
On the other hand, financial preparedness alone does not guarantee a fulfilling retirement. This is evident in another story we share of Sue, a financially savvy single mother who, despite being financially prepared, retired at 75 without a clear vision for her life beyond her career. Her experience underscores the importance of not only planning financially but also considering social and personal aspects. It’s a stark reminder of the necessity of a comprehensive retirement plan that envisions a life filled with purpose and fulfillment.
Misconceptions about retirement expenses and the reasons why some retirees opt to return to work are common pitfalls to avoid. Retirement planning isn’t just about ensuring financial security. It also includes understanding your post-retirement expenses, nurturing social connections, and pursuing your passions.
This is why retirement planning is an important process that requires careful thought and preparation. It’s not just about the end of a working life but the beginning of a new phase that can be filled with achievement, security, and happiness. By planning both the financial and personal aspects of retirement, you can ensure your golden years are truly golden.
Here’s some of what we discuss in this episode:
• How we take a retirement vision and build a plan to help make that happen.
• Fewer than 10% of people have a clear vision of what they want retirement to look like.
• An example of someone who is ready to retire but don’t what they want to do in retirement.
• Having the financial piece of retirement figured out frees people up to set goals and dreams for retirement.