Most people who are planning for their retirement years are passionate about their careers, and though it is nice to think about a life of leisure it can be hard to make the decision to retire. For one thing, when you have traveled a steady career path your have reached the pinnacle around the time you will be retiring. You have the position that you always had your eye on and it is difficult to relinquish this thing that you worked so hard to attain. Plus, your earnings will usually be at their peak, and this too is hard to walk away from.
And then there is the matter of the team. You may look around and see the fallout that your departure is likely to create and feel as though you would be letting some people down if you were to retire. It is not easy to replace someone who has been there day in and day out for many years, learning lessons that only experience can teach. In a very real sense some people are irreplaceable in this regard.
Another factor that makes it tough to step away and start to enjoy your retirement is the matter of unfinished business. In spite of the success that you have had throughout your career, there may be some things that you set out to achieve in behalf of your company that are still undone. Accomplishing that one final objective could be the cherry on top of your long and successful career, and this can motivate you to postpone your retirement until you can get it done.
When you look at the plight of the great NFL quarterback Brett Favre, you see how someone can find it hard to let go and move on into retirement. He did indeed accomplish some great things after deciding to backtrack on his retirement plans. But now Favre is demonstrating some of the pitfalls that come along with resisting retirement until the bitter end, and this is something to consider as your career is winding down.