Retirement: You’re Only As Old As You Think You Are

June 29, 2019 Off By admin

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In retirement, Perception of Age is defined as "The degree to which you see your own maturation process as a time of emotional and psychological vitality and vibrancy full of potential for dynamic and ongoing personal growth or, ‘Do you have issues with your age?’"

It is sometimes portrayed that aging is a bad thing. Only in the last few years has the aging process started to become idolized. Most people try to avoid aging, or changing, at great cost financially, emotionally, and spiritually. When you truly think about it, we are all aging every day from the time of our birth.

The process I went through when I made the decision to leave my position — believe me, it wasn’t made lightly — reveals my perception of age. Over the course of many years, my ideal next step was beginning to formulate. It wasn’t until the last year though, that plans began to become more concrete.

As I reflected I pondered, could this process be sped up (condensed), or slowed down? I’ve come to the conclusion that, Yes, it can. Think back to when you were leaving high school. Everyone in your class was at a different point in their decision on what was next: some said, "I’m not ready", and they took their time to make a decision or maybe never did make a decision. Others thought, "I’ll never be ready so I might as well get moving, because if I wait to be ready I’ll never move on". Still others were ready to jump in with both feet, feeling little need to go through a process of ‘getting ready’. Instead, they course corrected as they went, not worrying about the process.

The same is true for the transition into retirement. No matter which type you are, know that at any point you can change your type. If you’re waiting for the perfect time (which is what I had been doing), take it a step further to reflect on how you’ll know when it’s the perfect time. For me, I paid attention to my gut feelings. I took the time to think about work-related things, and paid attention to the feeling in the pit of my stomach. Then I would think about the transition, paying attention to my body, and lastly I thought about after the transition, what I would do to fill my time, paying attention again. By going through this process, it allowed me to begin to see what was right for me.

You can decide the date, which can then motivate you to get things in order before you go. That’s what I did. I knew it might not be the perfect date, but between my logical and my emotional sides, I picked a date that felt right overall. Then I began to get things in order.

So whether you are transitioning by choice or by circumstance, you control how quickly the process happens. If you need help knowing how to change the speed, let me know. I’m here to help.

Think of this for a moment: rather than try to avoid aging, what impact would it have on yourself, your life, your loved ones if instead you focused on living your best, most healthy, active, fun, engaging life?

A negative attitude towards aging can have an unwelcome effect on happiness. This is true whether in retirement or in everyday life.

When you answer the questions in the RSP Assessment, you’re given a true picture of your expectations: whether you want to see aging in a positive light, or not. You also see whether or not you see the aging process as bringing expanded life experience, regardless of beginning to slow down if you choose. Remember, how you view anything is how you view everything. How you perceive your age can also relate to your health, both positively and negatively.

By answering questions, it may reveal that you are "having a difficult time with the aging process" and that you may be…"fearful of aging in general". If that’s the case, that’s okay. There are steps we can take to make it easier for you so you can eliminate the fears of aging so you can start living our ideal life. Knowing is the first step in solving the problem.

Tracey Fieber is founder of “The Secrets to Retirement Success System™”, the most complete Retirement Transition program for executives and small business owners.

Using her own principles, Tracey went from a corporate executive to a retirement filled with adventure, passion and purpose, in less than 8 months!

Tracey is the celebrated author of the Retirement Success Home Study System™, and author of the upcoming book “How to Retire to a Life of Adventure, Passion and Purpose”, available on

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