Picture this: you pedal past Appalachian vistas on an epic bike tour along the Blue Ridge Parkway, or pull trays of your soon-to-be-famous chocolate scones out of the oven at your very own bakery and cafe.
Individual visions of retirement may vary, but everyone faces a common challenge: How do I transform these golden-years dreams into a tangible reality?
First you have to bring the dream into sharp focus. Creating a vision board — a collage of inspirational images and words that holistically represents your ultimate goals — can be an enlightening and effective bridge to get you from here to there.
“The purpose of a retirement vision board is to create a sense of realness for your future life,” says Deborah Williams, a life coach at retirementstyle.com. “It’s a way to actually ‘see’ where your goals will take you.”
Remember, setting up a retirement vision board isn’t reserved exclusively for individuals on the cusp of retirement. Individuals in their 20s, 30s and 40s can also benefit from the exercise, Williams says.
“The sooner you can work on defining what you want your life to look like, the more likely you are to achieve it,” Williams says.