My good friend, Danielle (Dani) Nelson (www.lifeunconstrained.com), posted this pic on Facebook recently. Instant inspiration! Did you notice in the pic that she’s barefoot? Love dancing barefoot! I was a dancer for 15 years…and when I’m at home, you will almost always find me barefoot. My youngest always asks me, “Mommy, why do you always walk on your toes?”. Yes, I am still a dancer…my career may have ended because of a knee injury but, I will always be a dancer in my heart.
I got to thinking about ‘the dance’, the process of creating, and retirement planning. I was trained that in order to retire successfully, you must have a “number”… the amount of capital you need to save in order to generate the income you want. Once you have your number you can plan your steps to get there. Intellectually, makes sense, right? However, I have found that most people haven’t fully ‘bought’ into their retirement plan because they aren’t emotionally connected. In fact, most individuals aren’t clear about what they want in retirement, they lack vision. You may have a beautifully choreographed dance routine but, without the music, without the rhythm, without the stage, your plan will fall short of expectations.
I believe the process of creating a fulfilling life, a prosperous business, or an abundant retirement is backwards! When I reflect on my years as a dancer, I remember that the steps didn’t come first. What came first was the overall vision of the show…the message, the feeling, the stage, and the music. Then the dance steps. The dance steps move with the music, across the stage, always supporting the intention and feeling of the production.
So, how are you “dancing down your path” to retirement? Have you set the stage, did you pick out the music and the costumes? Get past the numbers because it’s not about the numbers. Picture in your mind how you want your retirement days to look like. Perhaps a beautiful home on the lake, grand-kids spending their day with you swimming, laughing your butt off as you tell them embarrassing stories about their parents! Are you beginning to feel it? Fun, isn’t it?
“I enjoy saving my money and watching my investment grow because it makes me feel abundant NOW…I like the idea of being comfortable and having fun NOW; I want to be comfortable in retirement. I want to have fun and laugh in retirement. I save money for the feeling of ease.”
Whether you ‘grand jete’ or ‘step-ball-change’, the action steps for your retirement plan should boost your sense of Well-Being, causing you to feel good. When you flip the creative process around, paying attention first to what you want and how you feel, your comfort and confidence will increase because your financial decisions will be in sync with your desires.
“Get into the Vortex, and then…” ~Abraham-Hicks