Can I be real for a sec? This week has been very challenging for me.
I write these newsletters every week (for 5 years!) because I want you to be super successful in your biz. Like on top of the world huge. Like a picture of you on the cover of Entrepreneur magazine. I want your biz success to fund your goals. I want you to be happy. I’m talkin’ financial peace of mind happy. It totally lights me up.
Today I’m taking a little time to step away from entrepreneur financial strategy mode because of what happened in my life this week.
This week my uncle passed away. I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye to him. I felt like part of me died because he has been there with me throughout my life. Can you relate to this feeling when you lose someone? It makes us face the fact that we are all getting older, and that it’s up to us to make the best of our lives.
Brendon Burchard, (speaker, author, coach,) had a near death experience. He says at the end of your life, you will most likely ask yourself these 3 questions:
- Did I live?
- Did I love?
- Did I matter?
So here we are today, looking back on our lives. Where did all of that time go? Don’t you feel like it was yesterday when you were in summer camp, or reading Ramona the Pest or Superfudge?
New chapters start and old ones end – sometimes when we are not ready for them. My friend Dr. Andra Brosh says that whenever we say hello to something new in our lives, we also say goodbye to something else. These life transitions can be bittersweet.
Sometimes we have to respond to changes and sometimes we have to initiate changes. Who likes to deal with changes when someone else makes them? At our expense? Those changes stink. Big time.
We all want a higher return on our lives. Making changes on our own terms is so much better. Having money in the bank makes it easier for us to make some of these changes. Why? Because sometimes we literally have to fund them.
Financial security allows us to take advantage of opportunities that we feel are right. We can take chances and swing at pitches we want to swing at. It can buy us more precious time like taking Fridays off, going to Hawaii with our family, or doing charity work.
I’m in the trenches with you. I want us to be more conscious about the good changes we want for our lives. Let’s use our money to be intentional (that means plan!) for what it is that we really want.
When you align your financial decisions with what you want, it’s such a good feeling. You’re living life on purpose. You might not get there in a straight line. But you can sure chip away at planning for what you want. Make a conscious decision to take one step towards getting something that you want. Maybe it doesn’t cost any money. Maybe it does.
For me, I have made the decision to finally take a vacation where I don’t check email throughout the day. It’s a big change for me, a mini transition (Tim Ferris style) where I can take time off without having work on my mind – even though I freakin’ love what I do! Yes, I will have my staff running the business.
So, today, I’m off to Italy for 9 days. I used to live there. I can’t wait to go back to a place where it’s really all about adventure. Now that’s my kind of change. Why? Because I made it, and I financially planned for it. I want the same for you. If I could, I’d take you with me.
Connect with me on Facebook. www.facebook.com/kranefinancialsolutions. I will upload some pics. Arrivederci!