In post number fifteen of this series, we released the pressure of everything depending only on us as leaders. Recently, I have started to let go a little more as I trust my assistants to do their jobs. By doing this, I can whole-heartedly concentrate on the tasks that only I can handle, and they can handle more of the behind-the-scenes tasks. They are the ones pushing me to place myself out there more. It’s funny how that has worked out. Yet, it is extremely important that we understand this concept because at some point we will transition from leading, and we need a plan.

#16 Have something that you are moving toward beyond the job.

Whether you fully retire or partially retire, you must have plans and goals beyond the work you currently perform. I have seen situations where senior leaders do not properly make plans. They become overly involved in other people’s projects and lives, and yikes, they drive everyone “crazy”. You do not want to become the person people send warning whispers about as you enter the room. Make plans!

Here are some ideas for you to consider.

  1. If you want to continue involvement in the same work field, become a mentor. I love that SCORE, the organization that helps small businesses thrive, sets up coaching relationships between the experienced and inexperienced.
  2. Ask yourself, “What have I not done?” Then, make plans to do it.
  3. Travel to spend time with family and friends.
  4. Travel to new places or all your favorite places throughout the year.
  5. If you’re not an author, write a book.
  6. Learn something new and connect with someone younger who has the same passion.
  7. Volunteer at church. Ask what they need and fill in the ministry gaps.

You can continue your full life but on your sleep schedule doing what you love to do. Plan beyond right now. What is on your bucket list?


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