One of the factors that stop us addressing our future is the question of time or a lack of it.
We fear that time has run out and we have left “it” too late.
In our last update, we shared about the KFC founder, Colonel Sanders and how, late in his life, he made choices that would overshadow his previous achievements.
It’s never too late.
If you feel that you have left “it” too late we would recommend that you do the following:
Firstly, settle in your mind that although you can’t change the fact that you’ve not acted upon your finances sooner, you can start making adjustments today.
Secondly, as you start to make those adjustments, watch the past transform from a cause for regret to a stepping stone to the future.
One of the reasons we feel like we’ve left it too late is that our big expectations from when we were younger fall short of our present reality.
That’s not to say we can no longer dream or believe, but rather begin to realise that things can take longer than planned.
Ed Cole stated one of the greatest truths for marriage when he said, “We marry the ideal and we experience the real”. A marriage takes time to mature, but with time, patience and compromise, reality has its own romance.
Unmet expectations are often the biggest source of inner conflict in our lives, such as the day we realise we are not going to be professional footballers and Hollywood starlets or that we will never land on the moon.
What we need to do is examine what we really want out of life. When we do this, important things surface, like leaving a legacy for the family or the desire to explore the world after a lifetime in one place.
What is required is a conversation with someone who knows about taking brave steps, about addressing reality and looking to the future confidently rather than wishfully.
The older generation sees life differently and it’s worth sharing a cup of coffee with an older person who has lived their dream, reviewing what they would have done differently or what has worked well. Time often reveals wisdom, and we need to take the time to start reshaping what the future can look like.
Lastly, I would recommend getting us to help you build your GL Passport. It’s one of the gifts we pass on to those who inspire us with their desire for a secure and prosperous life across the board. It is our gift of clarity as you travel through life and reach your desired destination. A passport will help you navigate the journey, setting expectations and identifying the steps required to build a financial plan to support your heartfelt dreams for your health, your finances, your relationships and inner contentment as a human being.
Remember the best thing about starting today is that you aren’t leaving it until tomorrow!
“Do not let others create your world for you, for they will always create it too small” – Ed Cole.
Certified Financial Planner™ professional
Chartered Wealth Manager™
Investors should remember that the value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up. This update has been produced for information purposes only and isn’t intended to constitute financial advice; investments referred to may not be suitable for everyone.