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Creating a Vision for Retirement

Preparing for retirement goes beyond the numbers. How do you want to spend your time?

What is your motivation to retire? At some point, many people begin to dread going to work. A job they used to love is a job they now despise. Reasons may include the market, the economy, new regulations or stock holder expectations. Many companies do not treat their employees as well as they used to, and some workers, especially baby boomers, are ready to move on.

One of the best ways to prepare for retirement is to address that issue. I complete an exercise with clients in which we think about what they really enjoy doing or what they have always wanted to do but never did. From that exercise, they are able to create a kind of bucket list.

Consider how you feel about your current situation and what you would like to do over the next few years. This planning will help you budget, build a financial plan and invest for retirement. It's the best way for you to think more about where you are going versus where you've been. This is the key to truly enjoying retirement.

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