Start Living Your Bigger Life Now: Begin with a Plan
If you suddenly received $10 million and the diagnosis that you had only 10 years to live, what would you start doing? What would you stop doing?
The specific dollar amount that triggers your personal feeling of financial release may be higher (or lower) than $10 million. But the power of these twin questions is not the specific number, rather that they conceptually remove one common restraint on living an authentic life (“I need more money before I …”), while highlighting the other restraint we all share: the irrefutable fact that time on earth is limited.
Common answers to these questions are:
- “I would start spending more time with my family, traveling and volunteering,”
- “I would quit worrying, working, and doing things or being around people that don’t bring me joy.”
This, of course, begs the obvious follow-up question:
What’s stopping you from living that bigger life right now?
It seems that, increasingly, time is the constraint that keeps us from living bigger. For many of us, we feel we don't have the time (or don’t want to spend the time) to do the deep reflective work of figuring out what, exactly, it is that we really want. This is understandable. Reflective work is hard and can require us to address the fact that we may have made some less-than-optimal choices in the past. However, like most difficult steps, there can be a big payoff at the end.
And it can be easier than you think. Neuroscientists have shown that once an intrinsic goal is identified, our “reticular activating system” starts working on the problem and, “seemingly miraculously,” solutions can start to appear. Behavioral experts have found that taking small, regular steps in pursuit of a seemingly large and impossible goal can help us achieve what once felt inconceivable. Studies from multiple fields show that one of the most common traits of “successful” people is grit and a willingness to try, fail and try again.
These findings show that the keys to having a bigger life are within us all.
As 2016 winds down, take some time to ask yourself what things you would change in order to move from your current life to your ideal life. These questions make an excellent framework for reviewing your financial plan to make sure it is designed to support your authentic life goals.
Copper Leaf Financial Advisers take a holistic approach to your financial well-being so call our office today at (802) 878-2731 to schedule a strategy session.