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Welcome to our November Life Transitions newsletter
Misty mornings, sparse daylight and jewel coloured leaf-fall are now firmly upon us. The transitioning of the seasons towards winter is gathering pace. All of which is a timely reminder of the constant change in our own lives.
Whatever turn your destiny is taking at this poignant time of year, I hope you'll find some useful inspiration and food for thought below.
Life Transitions is committed to enabling individuals and businesses to achieve their potential - by offering expert coaching on everything from employability and team building, to retirement preparation.
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Have you planned for the retirement you deserve?
• When will I be able to retire?
• How will I occupy my time when I finish working?
• What if I’m lonely?
• Will I have enough money to last me for the rest of my life?
• How will my partner and I get on, when we have more time together?
Few of us will face a bigger change in our lives than retiring from work, and these are just a few of the questions I hear asked on a regular basis.
Earning a living represents a major element of most of our lives. Take it away and logic dictates we must fill the gap it leaves with something else.
Even if we’ve longed for our freedom from the daily grind, stopping work sheds new light on everything – from our relationships to our finances, our hobbies and our basic sense of self worth.
Not only that, but with the new pensions freedoms announced earlier this year giving us more control over our retirement savings, and changes to the State retirement age meaning many of us will need to work for longer than anticipated, we’re facing greater uncertainty than ever over this phase of our lives.
Yet despite this – and the fact that growing life expectancy means retirement could represent a third of our time on this planet– a worrying number of us don’t plan ahead for it.
As a coach, I passionately believe that this is something that has to change, which is why we’re doing our bit to make that happen.
Retirement planning will be a major workshop theme for us throughout the coming year, starting with our 'Planning the Retirement You Deserve' workshop, a one-day pre-retirement seminar, taking place at The Da Vinci Suite, The Catalyst, University of York, on Monday 7 December.
During this session, we’ll be helping individuals and couples to visualise the retirement they want, and instilling the courage and self-awareness they need to turn it into a reality.
Tickets for the day, which runs from 9am to 5pm and includes lunch and refreshments, cost £250 +VAT per person, or £450 +VAT for a couple. Register your interest herehttp://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/retirement-workshop-december-2015-tickets-14500584639
Places are limited to ensure vibrancy, focus and enough time to work through your individual plans. So, if you would like to add a new clarity and vigour to your retirement preparations in 2016 and beyond, make sure you don’t miss out on a place!
If you can't make it this time, we’ll be running additional sessions on the first Friday of each month from January onwards. To register your interest in attending one of these sessions – which will be taking place in Leeds, York, Hull and Sheffield, drop me a line at http://firstname.lastname@example.org
Helping you find your answers - introducing my new blog
Coaching people to achieve their best, both personal and professional, is my life’s work.
I derive my own inspiration and energy from unveiling potential and witnessing the transformation which occurs in people’s thinking whenever we run a workshop.
I’ve always thought it would be fantastic to share the love with others ‘outside the room’, which is why I’m biting the bullet and launching my Life Transitions coaching blog. In the first instalment, I take a more in-depth look at retirement, the kinds of questions it raises and some ideas for how to not just cope but flourish amid what lies ahead. Keep a look out for our blog on our website.
Techstyle Europe's smashing team alignment session
One of the most powerful aspects of our work at Life Transitions, is supporting companies in getting the best from their talented employees. That’s just what we did recently, with a team building day for Techstyle UK.
Established in 2005, Techstyle Europe Ltd is experiencing a period of strong growth. Against this backdrop, business owner Nathan Gilbert recognised the need to galvanise the raw talent which exists within his young, driven team.
October’s session at the KP Club in Pocklington involved Nathan outlining his vision of the future, a detailed look at team members’ individual aspirations and the emotive breaking of their ‘desires and fears boards’. This activity signalled their commitment to building on the learnings of the day to support the company’s growth.
Nathan said: “It was an incredible day. My business is moving from adolescence to maturity, and with that comes the need for strategic clarity, a strong and bought in team, and investment in my people and their potential.
“The October session brought all of those things. I was amazed by the power generated in that room by a packed day of learning and experiential activities, and have been blown away by the enthusiasm and drive my team have shown since.”
To find out how we can help inspire your employees to drive forward your business’s corporate goals, call 0845 8385 171 and visit http://www.life-transitions.co.uk for more information.
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Posted on: 2013-12-18 at 17:00
It's the time of the year when we start to appraise what's good and not so good about our lives and how we plan to do things differently next year. For many people, professional and or personal goal setting is an integral way of helping them to move closer to their ambitions. In the first of a series of articles about goal setting, we will explain why setting goals is so crucial to our personal and professional success and how to create goals that will inspire and motivate us to make 2014 our best year yet;
Goals help us to achieve our ambitions
If we don't know where you are going, how are we going to get there? Unless we have a clear idea of what our ambitions look like, they will always be difficult to achieve. Setting realistic goals will help to give clarity to our ambitions and give us the motivation to drive them forward – giving you purpose.
Goals help to narrow our focus
We may have lots of ideas about what we’d like to achieve in 2014, but as with most things, we need to prioritise to make our ambitions achievable. Goal setting helps us to focus on what’s really important and to create a measurable action plan – giving you direction.
Goals make us accountable
Once we have committed our goals to paper and shared them with colleagues, family and friends, we will be more inclined to follow them through and to take the actions that will make them achievable – giving you commitment and daily inspiration.
Goals help you to get the best out of life and in the next post, we will share our top tips about how to set goals.
By Beverley Varley
Retirement – the woman’s perspective
Posted on: 2013-10-08 at 11:21
Have you ever wondered why, although divorce overall has become less common, the rate of break-ups among the ‘silver separators’ has soared in the past ten years? The proportion of couples splitting up in their 60s increased by 58 per cent between 2010 and 2011 and is forecast to rise further according to figures from the Office for National Statistics.
You would think that, if you’ve weathered the storms of decades of marriage and raising a family, there could be few more challenges that life could throw at you..... but then Retirement comes along.
For the homemaking housewife who has enjoyed the freedom and solitude of an empty house whilst her husband or partner is out at work, suddenly having someone ‘in your space’ 24/7 can take some getting used to.
We recently conducted some video interviews to illustrate the ways that change affects people differently depending on their lifestage and one of the interviewees was Jenny, wife of recently retired Tony.
Whilst stating that they didn’t quite reach ‘divorce statistic stage’, she admitted that it had taken a few years for them both to adjust to the transition and to find an equitable and enjoyable way to spend their retirement.
She offers the following tips for people approaching their spouse’s retirement;
1. Discuss what expectations you both have from retirement in terms of recreation, finances etc well in advance of the retirement date. Consider talking to a change management expert to help you to manage the transition, if necessary.
2. You need to work at your post retirement relationship by learning to become a couple again whilst each retaining the independence that you have nurtured over the years.
3. Respect each other’s space
4. Have separate interests as well as enjoying shared activities.
5. Don’t lose touch with your friends
6. Keep busy – ensure that you have events and activities planned on a semi-regular basis
7. Make time for each other
8. Make the most of this new found time together. The pressures of work have gone, so relish the opportunity to stay up late or enjoy a lie in!
9. Ensure that you develop some kind of routine –not necessarily a strict routine, but one that gives your life some structure – night classes, U3A, salsa etc.
10. Live today as if it’s your last, but do temper this with some future planning – the holiday of a lifetime, time with children and grandchildren, a big anniversary...
In hindsight, Jenny said that many of the challenges that they faced in the first few years could have been mitigated had they been better prepared for the change and urges people to consider talking to a change management expert to help manage this vital transition. Had they anticiapted and embraced the challenges of transition earlier, they would have been able to reap the rewards of their well earned retirement several years before they actually did.
Keep checking the website as we will upload the video footage that gave rise to this blog.
By Beverley Varley, Life Transitions