Visualizing Early Retirement

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mausmaus
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Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by mausmaus » Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:52 pm

I made this because I like to day-deam about the things I'm going to do with my free time, so I thought I'd put my thoughts into pictures.
This is not some "The Secret" crap, where they say if you visualize it you'll magically get what you want. I'm actually working for it, I just did this for fun.

Spending time with my SO
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Reading
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Taking my dog out for looooong walks
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Having a little house somewhere quiet and green
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Studying just for fun
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Trail riding
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Working on small projects
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I'd love to see how all of you picture your early retirement or future projects!

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by MDFIRE2024 » Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:42 pm

Actually it is a great idea. I only write about it and calculate numbers. But visualizing FI looks really good. I guess it is motivating. Do you pin them on the wall? Or what do you do with the pictures? Gotta try it.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by IlliniDave » Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:20 pm

In my mind there is something to visualization as an aid to bringing about an outcome. For me at least, visualization seems to keep my subconscious primed which allows me to more readily recognize opportunities to further whatever goal the outcome of which I am visualizing, opportunities I might otherwise have missed. Another way to say it might be that it makes me a little more prone to be intentional, even on a subconscious level, if that's even possible, ha!

There are some photos 2 or 3 pages back from the most recent entries in my journal that capture part of my retirement vision, some of which I've been able to make happen even before retiring. We're discouraged from cross-posting so I won't re-link them all in this thread.


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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by mausmaus » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:28 am

MDFIRE2024 wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 1:42 pm
Actually it is a great idea. I only write about it and calculate numbers. But visualizing FI looks really good. I guess it is motivating. Do you pin them on the wall? Or what do you do with the pictures? Gotta try it.
I've saved them in my computer and look at them or search some more online when I feel like fast-forwarding life like in that adam sandler movie. Looking at the pictures I think of future satisfaction and it makes today's sacrifice more bearable.
But on my wall I have some quotes and stuff that remind me to live in the present moment, I want to look at that every day so I don't forget.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by mausmaus » Tue Jun 27, 2017 10:34 am

IlliniDave wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:20 pm
In my mind there is something to visualization as an aid to bringing about an outcome. For me at least, visualization seems to keep my subconscious primed which allows me to more readily recognize opportunities to further whatever goal the outcome of which I am visualizing, opportunities I might otherwise have missed. Another way to say it might be that it makes me a little more prone to be intentional, even on a subconscious level, if that's even possible, ha!
I agree. I don't believe in the The Secret version ("quantum" rearrangement of the universe to materialize my imagination) but I do believe visualizing makes a cognitive and behavioral difference!
IlliniDave wrote:
Mon Jun 26, 2017 3:20 pm
There are some photos 2 or 3 pages back from the most recent entries in my journal that capture part of my retirement vision, some of which I've been able to make happen even before retiring. We're discouraged from cross-posting so I won't re-link them all in this thread.
I've looked them up. Beautiful place!

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by mathewsmith12 » Wed Jun 28, 2017 6:10 am

mausmaus wrote:
Sun Jun 25, 2017 10:52 pm
I made this because I like to day-deam about the things I'm going to do with my free time, so I thought I'd put my thoughts into pictures.
This is not some "The Secret" crap, where they say if you visualize it you'll magically get what you want. I'm actually working for it, I just did this for fun.

Spending time with my SO
Image

Reading
Image

Taking my dog out for looooong walks
Image

Having a little house somewhere quiet and green
Image

Studying just for fun
Image

Trail riding
Image

Working on small projects
Image

I'd love to see how all of you picture your early retirement or future projects!
Thank you for sharing this, it was very inspirational :idea: :idea: :idea:

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by Viktor K » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:22 am

I've been meaning to find some pictures to add to this thread, but it took a minute to get around to it. This is the first time I've really visualized my ERE, focused on accumulating as I am. These visualizations will likely be worth revisiting every year or so :mrgreen:

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Backpacking

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Cooking

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Fishing

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Routesetting (basement/backyard hobby, or part-time work)

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Running a tabletop game

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Making video games (a new hobby)

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by 7Wannabe5 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:46 am

Great thread! I think this is a very useful exercise because it is in high contrast to spread-sheeting your way to ideal lifestyle. Changing focus from quantitative to qualitative might actually allow you to realize that you are closer to your ideal that you thought. Another interesting exercise might be taking actual photos, or qualitative journal description/"snapshots" of moment in your current lifestyle to find room for instant improvement.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by FBeyer » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:42 pm

I started assembling some images as well and then it dawned on me that I didn't want to look at pictures of other people doing things I'd like to do in a few years. I'd rather look at a collection of images of me doing a little NOW, of what I'm going to be doing a LOT of later.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by enigmaT120 » Mon Jul 03, 2017 5:55 pm

I'll have to get somebody to take a picture of me splitting firewood. Just for that picture I'll do it shirtless! I generally wear coveralls. After they're soaked in sweat they're not too hot.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by mausmaus » Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:50 am

Viktor K wrote:
Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:22 am
I've been meaning to find some pictures to add to this thread, but it took a minute to get around to it. This is the first time I've really visualized my ERE, focused on accumulating as I am. These visualizations will likely be worth revisiting every year or so :mrgreen:

Image
Backpacking

Image
Cooking

Image
Fishing

Image
Routesetting (basement/backyard hobby, or part-time work)

Image
Running a tabletop game

Image
Making video games (a new hobby)
Awesome! Your goals are really cool

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by Dragline » Tue Jul 18, 2017 1:09 pm

Nice presentation of goals!

Although "Affirmation without discipline is the beginning of delusion", the former can often be used to kick-start the latter.

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by fiby41 » Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:57 am

Related discussion: What do YOU want?

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Re: Visualizing Early Retirement

Post by Frugalchicos » Fri Sep 08, 2017 11:55 am

Hi There,

In my case, writing a journal helps to see where we are going, track the achievements and keep the motivation up.

Your pictures inspired me to do a wall of ERE where I will have pictures of recent trips to Spain (planning in moving there), camping trips and NW forecast!

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