Daring to Dream Again

Nancy is 53 and wants to retire in less than two years. She is burned out and doesn't know what she wants to do after that. How can she find something to do that would light her fire?

QUESTION: Nancy in Wyoming is 53 and wants to retire in less than two years. She is very burned out and doesn’t know what she wants to do after that, since she’ll have to keep working after retirement. How can she find something to do that would light her fire?

ANSWER: If you haven’t dreamed in a while, dreaming becomes an exercise. You have to set aside time, turn off the television, get away from the stresses of the current thing that you’re burnt out on, and you might even schedule a weekend for just Nancy. Just go away somewhere, maybe to a park or book a hotel room and walk the park or the beach or something.

Do something like that where you can get back those feelings you and I had when we were 18 and could conquer the world. Visit that place again in your spirit to try and think about what you would do and what you would aim at. Then once you know what you would aim at, then you can start to develop a strategy to get there.

Ask yourself how long you stay in your government job until you jump to another job. What are the things you need to do to be able to jump to the other job? Do you need to take a class or take some steps on some other things? Check out the book Quitter by Jon Acuff.

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