What is the meaning of life?
Does a tree falling make a sound if there is no one to hear it? How many angels can fit on the head of a pin? Today my head is whirling with unanswered (and maybe unanswerable questions). Is my fuzzy head the result of overindulging on Thanksgiving turkey or something more significant? Does it matter what is causing it?
Stop and reflect
It has been nearly a year since I retired for the second and, I hope, last time. Over that time I developed a plan to build a community of retirees of any age who want their retirement to be outrageous. I planned my work and worked my plan. As I look around today at my accomplishments during the year, It hasn’t happend. I am not discouraged, however. There is a great deal to feel pleased about. I have grown in my abilities and sharpened my vision. I have tried new things, dropped what wasn’t working and gotten better at old ones.
A mentor of mine likes to talk about PDCA as a tool in managing any activity. The letters stand for Plan, Do, Check, Adjust. It is a cycle that allows you to up your game by changing your plan or your level of activities when you don’t accomplish your goals. I have planned and done. Now it is time for me to check my results and then adjust my plan.
What is success?
I started this morning by rewriting a post from last summer. The topic was success and although my thinking hasn’t changed, I believed that I could improve the writing. One of my activities is to revise earlier posts to make them more effective. In this case, I wanted to clear my head and look at success as a starting point for checking my progress.
Checking my progress
My eyes are still on the vision of success that I started with but I will be looking at the pieces of my plan and how well they support my vision. Feedback is terribly important in this process because my judgement is flawed and biased. I will be grateful if each reader today will check out my thinking about success and then leave a comment below telling me what you find valuable here on the blog (and what you don’t like as well because that is even more important for me to know). I would like also to know what your questions about your own retirement or lifestyle decisions are and what information might help you manage your life better. I appreciate your help.