But a reader recently reminded me of a brilliantly simple way to explain the whole strategy — something I’ve written about before in a different context, without even realizing how apt it was.
Maybe we should explain the problem first, so the simple solution will make the most sense. It goes like this. Defining emotional intelligence can be complex, but practically speaking, it’s often about shaping communication so as to avoid emotional pitfalls that distract from your goals.
The challenge? So many words and phrases have ancillary meanings that we don’t even think about. Sometimes they’re the exact opposite of the things we intend.
Whether or not you follow these four easy steps could determine how successful your retirement is.
1. Set a retirement date goal
Are you someone who can’t wait until the day you leave your job and hope you can retire early? Or do you love working and will delay it as long as possible? Everyone is different and whether you stop working for good at 62, 67, or 70 is completely up to you.
There is no right or wrong answer. But setting a goal can help you create a plan that will help ensure you attain it. Once you set a date, you’ll know approximately how much time you have which can aid you in determining how much you need to save each year.