The Gallup organization recently reported that most Americans expect to retire at age 67. Over time, the age of expected retirement has continued to rise as more and more Americans face the reality that they really aren’t financially prepared for the end of their working lives.
America, however, is one of the few nations in the world where people spend their lives waiting to quit doing what they’ve hated doing for way too long. If people would begin living their whys, retirement would no longer be a life goal.
There are too many of us drifting through life without goals. We have been taught that work isn’t really work if we don’t hate it. Therefore, the more miserable we are, the more significant we believe our work to be. The last time we had a real dream about our lives was somewhere around third grade. Since then, we have been squeezed into the mold of everyone else. We commute alongside them, occupy adjacent cubicles, and attend predictable “you can quit working here now” ceremonies. No wonder people seem so angry these days.
Let’s get back to discovering and living our whys. We need to uncover the God-given potential that has been lying dormant for the past few decades and realize the joy that comes from a living our design. We don’t need to wait for permission or support; we simply need to do it. After all, your company would really prefer to get rid of you before you are added to the growing list of pension recipients.
When we live our whys, retirement becomes a punishment, not a reward! Think about it!
What can you do today to discover and live your why?