I am living a healthy and happy retirement life, embracing it to the fullest. My life makes a difference to those around me by living my passion of community building and involvement.
I endured the mindless performance evaluation process in my work life. Performance evaluation is a good idea that corporations bastardize into a bad idea. Happily, I no longer play those nonsensical games with vague verbose goals.
Retired, I am now my CEO and my supervisor wrapped into one. My life vision is the performance evaluation process that guides my life and gives me direction. It keeps me from getting distracted and losing sight of what’s important to me.
It starts with a vision. My retirement life needs a vision to drive why I do what I do and what I want to get out of life. It is the foundation on which I build my goals. I come back to this statement when I evaluate whether the goal I am considering moves me closer to that perfect retirement.
Check out my goals for the year to see how I am making my life vision come to life.
My yearly challenge
My personal challenge for 2018 is to learn American Sign Language(ASL). One of my best friends is deaf. Being able to converse in ASL is an important part of our friendship I need to master.
I took Meyers Briggs numerous times through my career. I am an ESTJ if you are curious. The identified personality strengths and weaknesses are spot on. In my final years of employment, I took the Clifton Strengths Assessment. It looks at 34 natural talents and how you can use them to maximize your potential.
I mention the above since the Clifton Strengths brought out a natural talent that I disagreed with when I was given my results. That trait is “Learner”. Now retired, I recognize this trait as being an integral part of who I am
Learner: People who are especially talented in the Learner theme have a great desire to learn and want to continuously improve. In particular, the process of learning, rather than the outcome, excites them. — Clifton Strengths Assessment
My happiness compels me to feed my learner talent. I am taking a cue from Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. He sets a yearly personal challenge. These challenges compel him to learn something new. One of his prior challenges was to learn Mandarin. Like Mark Zuckerberg, I am a learner who wants to continuously grow and expand my knowledge.