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Posted by Byron Thompson on March 14, 2018

Achieving Goals

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

A young entrepreneur asked me How do I achieve my goals. I thought my answer to her would be useful for you. The ideal method of Achieving what we want is to, first, create a vision of the conditions we want.
In talking to a couple of people recently they said, “I tried that and that bogged down because all I could see was the amount of work it would take to achieve it.
I could relate because I have been paralyzed in the past and I formulated a technique that worked for me. Ask yourself not what lies in the distant future but what’s one realistic condition or thing that you would like to have tomorrow? Briefly write your answers in your iPad or journal to the questions.
Once you have answered this; Ask what is one thing I can do today to ensure that happens?
Example: I want to be energetic and healthy. I can prepare for that short term by going to bed earlier or skip dessert or the second glass of wine.
“Life by the yard is hard, Life by the inch is a cinch.”
Bonus step record your successes. Super bonus step: Report your intention and success to a person you would not want to disappoint.

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Posted by Byron Thompson on March 2, 2018

The 5%

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

If you’ve been following this series of blogs you are probably a 5%er.
I first heard about the 5% from Earl Nightingale, author of the recording, The Strangest Secret. It was early in my training and development career. I was interested, then and now, in all things related to achieving success. Earl opined that a small percentage of people, five percent, achieve success in life.
They are the ones who gravitate to the top in their chosen fields. After training over 25, 000 men and women in my forty-year career I have to concur.
These are the people who are the leaders in their organizations, communities, churches, service clubs and other groups.
Why is this important in our retirement years? I believe that more than ever there is a need for leaders to step up and take charge. We need people like you to guide and set an example for the next generation.
We can make a difference in their lives by embracing the behaviors of Well-Being.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.
Byron Thompson
For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.

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Posted by Byron Thompson on March 2, 2018

The 5% continued

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.
I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

We have a lemon tree in our garden and I notice each year that the fruit blossoms at different times. This is true of people as well. My mother used to kindly explain my late start in life away by telling everyone that I was “a late bloomer.”
I recently talked to a newly retired friend who said he’d had good career but never moved up in his organization. He was good at his job but never wanted to do the things that were necessary to get promoted. As I’ve gotten to know him I observe he has a ton of untapped potential. I’m encouraging him to tap into it and use it now.
I think he and many of us are the next layer of the five percenters I spoke about in my previous blog. Now is the time for us to use the latent abilities that lie within each of us.
“It is never too late to become you might have been.” George Eliot.
For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.

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Posted by Byron Thompson on February 20, 2018

Positive Emotions

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.

I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying 2nd chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

We’ve been talking about Psychologist Martin Seligman’s www.seligman@psych.upenn.edu formula, for achieving Well-Being in which he uses the mnemonic PERMA to remind us the components are, positive emotion, engagement, relationships, meaning and accomplishment.

I see this formula as a great template for you and me to overlay on our planning and monitoring our day’s activities. This will enable us to avoid the trap of filling up our days with make work or busy work.

The end goal of this is to achieve that feeling of positive emotion.

I like to use a simple measuring device that you might find useful.

I review my activities at the end of the day and ask myself if they can be recorded as things that I’m glad I did (IGID) or if they fall in the category of I wish I had (IWIH)

For more ideas on enriched living in our “bonus years” ask for my free chapbook. 5 keys to retirement happiness.

Byron Thompson

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Posted by Byron Thompson on February 13, 2018

A life worth remembering #3

If you are at or near the traditional age of retirement, this series of blogs is for you.

I’ve made a study of what it takes to ensure a rich full and satisfying second chapter of life. In these blogs I’ll be sharing the insights I’ve gained with the hopes they will be of benefit to you.

 

According to Martin Seligman, author of Flourish: A Visionary Understanding of Happiness and Well-Being, Meaning (The M in his PERMA recipe for achieving a life worth remembering) is “belonging to and serving something that you believe is bigger than the self.”

I found my own meaning, which I called “purpose in life” in listening to an award winning classical guitarist over 40 years ago. She was a young woman who bested 4 other male contestants in a national competition in Barcelona, Spain. She moved me and the rest of the audience because her performance was clearly superior to the other contestants. The judges were able to deliberate for less than 5 minutes before awarding her the first prize certificate and the money.

As I thought about the difference between her and the others I concluded it was all in her motivation. She was not playing for the award, recognition, applause, or even the money. She was playing because that was who she essentially was. She would have played without those inducements. That was her purpose in life.

Because of this insight I realized that this was true of me, when I was helping other people to grow whether by teaching, speaking or writing. I came about this realization when a friend asked me; “What business are you in as a person.?”

So, I’ll ask you the same question, “What business are you in?”

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