Military retirement can be a confusing and stressful time for senior officers. With numerous decisions to be made and a new identity to define, it’s easy to fall into the “decision permission trap.” However, by shifting your decision-making approach from a rules-based approach to a post-military curiosity approach, you can reduce stress and improve your post-military income and impact.
The Decision Permission Trap
The decision permission trap is a common pitfall for military retirees who are faced with numerous new choices and short timeframes. This pressure leads to a mentality of “What’s the easy way? Just tell me what to do.” This can cause stress and limit your ability to make the best decisions for your future.
The Benefits of a Post-Military Curiosity Approach
Instead of falling into the decision permission trap, a post-military curiosity approach can help you avoid stress and make the best decisions for your future. This approach involves exploring all the options available to you and making choices based on your interests and goals, rather than simply following orders.
The Military Retirement Process
The military retirement process involves several different steps, including out-processing, job finding, and dealing with VA and medical aspects. All of these can cause stress and can be overwhelming, especially when combined with the need to define your new identity.
The Importance of Proper Evaluation
The only way to know that you’re making the best choices is to do a proper evaluation of your options. This includes considering your Survivor Benefit Plan, your financial situation, and your health. With this information, you can make informed decisions about your future.
Working with a Professional
Working with a professional who understands the military retirement process can help you navigate this confusing and stressful time. They can provide information, guidance, and support as you make your decisions. The military retirement process can be challenging, but by shifting your approach to a post-military curiosity approach and working with a professional, you can make the best decisions for your future and avoid the stress of the decision permission trap. Schedule a Call today.
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