We all want to improve our health, our wellness and our happiness… don’t we?
To improve we have to change. We have to think about what we could do better and then decide to implement this change. We have to break bad habits and create good ones. We can’t expect different results if we keep on doing the same things.
What changes are you implementing to be the best you can?
The problem is, despite our good intentions, we often fail to act on them. Even if we do, it rarely lasts! Sounds like dieting or going to the gym doesn’t it? Full of good intentions.
I’m guilty as charged on the latter I’m afraid…. that is until recently!
I’ve got sore fingertips as a result of clinging on to any semblance of sporting prowess. Perhaps I should rephrase this …I have been struggling to maintain any consistent aerobic exercise!
Of course, it was because I was so busy, what with work, family commitments, not forgetting all the old injuries that meant I suffered for days after a workout. Reasons or excuses?
I realised I needed to break the cycle. After all, I need to practice what I preach. I signed up for the gym (a great personal trainer if you want a recommendation) but the reality was hard. Made more difficult by the injuries. I had set backs but was determined to change things.
My trainer recommended me to an Acupuncturist (again superb). It felt like I was donating my body to medical science. Surely we only do this when we depart this world!!… But, four sessions later and what a difference! The best I have felt in years. I can now train consistently and feel more energised than before. The cycle has been broken.
We each have to decide what we want to change. Whatever is important to us individually, we need to have a strong emotional connection to what we want to achieve. We find exactly the same with our financial planning programme, the best results occur when there is a real passion from our clients to take more control of their lives.
We all have an array of choices but sometimes we don’t know what we can change without exploring beyond our immediate boundaries.
New clients we met recently didn’t have much in terms of pensions and so were committed to purchasing buy to let properties. Nothing wrong with this strategy but they had clearly become a slave to their planning. They informed me that they had little spare money because it was all reinvested in the next property purchase (they had six) and they were stressed, especially as they both had full-time jobs. Yet, they kept repeating this behaviour.
We asked them what their number was. In other words, how much they needed and when, to live the life they wanted. Like most people, they didn’t know. Planning gave them a sense of perspective. They have now ceased purchasing properties because they now understand there are alternatives. They now have liquid capital. They are now enjoying their money and are less stressed. They have broken the cycle.
Change was needed but they didn’t quite know how but, by making contact with us, after being referred by a friend, they took the first steps to having more control of their lives.
Make change happen, reap the rewards and you won’t be accused of insanity.