It occurs to me that as a Financial Planner, a large part of our job is to help people see what is possible.
We are often confronted with goals and desires that people believe are ‘impossible’.
“I want to retire at the age of 47 and go travelling”
“I want to quit my day job and start a new business that I love”
“I want to go on a 5 year round-the-world trip and write a travel book”
“I want to work just 3 days a week so that I can spend more time with my grandchildren”
“I want to gift my son and daughter £300,000 so they can finally buy a home of their own”
There are all real-life examples of ‘impossible’ objectives that Financial Planning has made possible.
Very often, the biggest barrier to making these things happen is us.
We get trapped in our own mis-conceptions about what might or might not be possible:
“People just don’t retire at the age of 47 – its not the done thing”
“If I work just 3 days a week surely I am just being lazy”
“If I make a big gift to my children, I might not be able to afford to retire”
We are often also terrified by what everyone else will think:
“What will my children say if I quit my job at the age of 47?”
“Will my friends think I am mad if I go travelling for 5 years?”
“My wife will think I am crazy if I walk away from my regular pay check to start a business that might not work out”
The truth of the matter is that other people are either; A – not that bothered by what you wish to do or B – more supportive than you might imagine.
Our own misconceptions are often just that – misconceptions.
With some creative thinking and planning almost any dream can be made a reality. I was reminded at our seminar last night of all the people we have helped to make the impossible possible!