Getting Coached Around Retirement

Whilst retirement doesn’t seem to be a hot topic unless it’s about financial advice, yet it is a vital part of living one’s life to the fullest. When do you think about retirement? Does the question occur when you have successfully made a fortune by forty or is it when your pension falls due? Do you plan to work on past a ‘normal retirement age’?

Experience shows me that people begin to question what their life has become or could become at different points in their lives, my focus is on retirement because it provides an important focal point.

Childhood is the prologue, the career the first act, retirement the second act and death the third act. Once upon a time retirement generally meant one had perhaps five or six years left but today we are not too suprised when people make one hundred. So that could mean another forty years, pretty much as long as one’s working life!

Growing up as a child the questions are around what you will be. During a career the questions are around what have you become, what do you do, with possible sub-questions around what that involves, and with status around complexity, challenges, status and rewards. That whole structure disappears with retirement, so who then are you?

The questions we ask can be all important. The opportunity to use creative explorations can bring new insights.

What will you become?

I have brought together a range of creative tools and techniques to allow discoveries to be made and reflectively marinated to allow new positive approaches life.

As your coach on this journey I look forward to working with you.

More workshops are planned and I continue to coach one to one..

If you have questions please let me know.

Appreciative Inquiry Questions

  1. You have been through challenging times before, tell your story about one where you came through it triumphantly. What helped you do so? What skills and strengths and inner resources did you draw on?

b.What did other people do that helped?

      2. Close your eyes and imagine for a few moments that you can see the world in two years’ time and we have come through the crisis well, how did that happen?

a. What did you do to help it happen?

b. How do you feel knowing you made a difference?

c. What did other people do to help?

d. How has the world/your community/your happiness changed for the better as a result?

      3. Reflect for a moment on your your answers so far. How are you feeling?

a. How will you keep supprting yourself?

b. What is one small thing you will do now to help other people come through the crisis well?

c. What makes you hopeful for the future?

My thanks to Dr. Nick Heap for his help in framing these questions