"It’s my firm belief that the need for retirement coaching and developing a plan for the non-financial aspects of retirement dwarfs the need to prepare financially." -Robert Laura, Forbes Magazine

The Retirement Coaching Process

What does it take to have a happy retirement? If you are considering retirement but feeling unsure about it, or wondering what your retirement life will look like, you might benefit from Retirement Coaching. Here’s a secret: your retirement doesn’t have to follow a specific path or “mold” – your retirement can and should be as wonderfully unique as you are!

A neutral third party like a retirement coach can help you figure out what an ideal retirement means for you, on your terms. You’ll create a plan to make it all happen, and you’ll be held accountable each step of the way.

Retirement Coaching is a guided conversation between a coach and a client (like you) specifically focused on how you want to live your life in retirement. We start with your values, needs, wants and desires – then develop an action plan to get you where you need to be.

How to Have a Happy Retirement

When you work with a coach, the coach’s job is to ask you the right questions that uncover the things you need to work on. Unlike therapy, we’re not working on childhood issues. We start with the assumption that you’re not broken, and don’t need fixing. Retirement Coaching typically relates to many of the lifestyle changes that go along with retirement. They can range from topics such as where you’ll live to what you’ll do with your time. A retirement coach guides you through the process of creating action steps to discuss your unique retirement concerns.

The Retirement Coaching Relationship

It’s helpful to think about retirement as much more than just stopping work. Retirement is transitioning from leading a full-time, career-focused life to one that is focused internally. As a result, it is more about you and less about the needs of others.  Work may definitely be a part of this transition, but it no longer takes center stage.

Once you contact Revitalize Coaching, we start by having a phone conversation to talk about both what excites you about retirement, and the challenges or issues that might come with it. This is your time to discover whether retirement coaching will be helpful or not. It’s also a time to talk about how ready you feel for retirement and what your expectations are for this next life stage.

Either before or after our initial consult, you’ll complete my online assessment, the “Ready to Retire” Quiz, to help assess your overall retirement readiness. Complete it and immediately receive results about how ready you are for retirement. 

Once your assessment is complete, we’ll have a series of calls to talk about what will make retirement meaningful for you. We’ll discuss what action steps you can take to create a successful retirement lifestyle. You’ll have some “homework” to do before each call that will encourage you to think more deeply about the different components of a successful retirement.

Together, we’ll create a personalized action plan to give you guidance and direction as you make your retirement transition. Retirement represents change in so many areas of your life. It’s a good feeling to have a plan to help you as you make the adjustment to this new life stage.

Watch this TED Talk by Jane Fonda and get inspired about your retirement years!

Minneapolis Retirement Coach Karen Carr, ACC, CPCC, M. Ed

Within our generation, an extra 30 years have been added to our life expectancy – and we Boomers have re-defined these years so they are no longer a footnote or a pathology. Many of us are vital, active, healthy, experienced, wise and ready to live our best lives just as we hit retirement age.

Karen’s professional and life coaching business Revitalize Coaching in Minneapolis, MN has been dedicated to supporting individuals in creating better clarity since 2001. She works on issues together with her clients so they can make decisions for themselves, on their own terms, and with the guidance of coaching. Professional Life Coach Certifications and Training Karen is certified through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) of San Rafael, CA. She holds a Master’s Degree in Teaching from the University of St. Thomas. She also graduated with a B.A. in Women’s Studies and English from the University of Minnesota - College of Liberal Arts.

Retirement Coaching Will Help You:

“Retirement has a lot of moving pieces and it’s hard to figure out.  People go into it with the best intentions but find they quickly unravel as a wide range of thoughts and feelings surface that aren’t always fun or easy to talk about, let alone work through.”
Read Robert Laura’s Forbes Magazine article, “The Problem With Retirement Coaching“.

Everyone needs a coach.”

eric schmidt, ceo google

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