Do You Want To Live a Life of Significance in Retirement?


We all age in years.

But are those years meaningful?

Don’t allow yourself the mindset of being too old to make a difference.

I am reading Russell Brunson’s, “Expert Secrets”. One of the statements he makes is, “There will be a point where you can no longer progress. The only way to continue to grow is by helping others become like you.”

I love this and resonant with it. With my Create Your Legacy work, that is exactly what I share. I offer how you have experienced some things, often things you are shameful or hurt by, that can help make other’s lives better. For example; if you lost a child to addiction or you experienced PTSD, then:

  • You know the horror and pain first hand.
  • You know all the things you tried to find some resolution, peace or understanding.
  • You know what finally worked for you to survive.

You can be the answer to someone’s prayers. You can relate to them at a heart’s level. They can hear you. They know you get where they are.

As my coaching teacher, Debbie Ford taught us, there is a gift in the darkness. That is when you can help others move through, transform their lives because of something you have experienced. You can give and share your wisdom.

That pain and loss you suffered can help others.

And, your darkness feels lighter because you have made a difference.
As Tony Robbins says, “Life is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.”

Start today and do something amazing with this chapter of your life. Not to be busy, but to make a difference for others.

Think about what you can contribute with your time left.

This could be your legacy.

What do you love to do that could be helpful to others? It doesn’t have to be huge but can be. Is it becoming an advocate for lower prescription drugs for people on Medicare who can’t afford the cancer medicine they need? Is that scrapbooking? You could teach others about scrapbooking to keep memories of their lives or travels. Or like my husband said, he’d love a scrapbook of all the tickets he has from special events he had experienced, like his Muhammad Ali fight and seeing Elvis. If you don’t want to teach it, then make scrapbooks for others, and make some extra money along the way. Is it creating a foundation for pets who are abandoned when they owners pass and have no place to go?

As Neale Donald Walsch said, “That your life has very little to do with what occupies most people’s “day-to-day” experience. The purpose of your life is to express and experience who you are. There are a thousand ways to do that every day.”

It’s sharing and giving what you love and what matters to you. Just like one of my friends, Gloria did when Mary was diagnosed with glioblastoma. A red cardinal had been coming to Mary’s bathroom window to check on her on a number of occasions. Gloria made Mary a quilt with red cardinals. Gloria did what she loves, quilting, and made a huge contribution that was special for Mary.

Who can benefit from the gifts, talents and experiences you have?

As Deepak Chopra shared during an interview I listened to recently, “I have only a few simple rules. Is what I’m doing fun? Number two, are the people I work with fun to be with and derive joy from that? And number three, is it making a difference in the quality of people’s lives for the better?”

As you think about your next decades, what ways can you make your life meaningful by sharing your gifts or experiences to make a contribution?