Live for Today but Plan for Tomorrow!

Blindly, we navigate our way through this rollercoaster called life. Not knowing when the next dip, exhilarating high or gut churning free fall shall come our way.

As the ride comes to an end, we loosen our vice like grip, remove the grimace from our face and remember to breathe again. Unbuckling the harness with the knowledge that we safely made it, a smile re-appears and we wish we had opened our eyes and enjoyed the journey, not just the destination.

Caught up in a whirlwind of chaos we unconsciously run from one appointment to the next, cancel lunch dates with friends and substitute lunch with the convenience of coffee.

At a recent planning day my thought provoking business coach asked me to reflect on my purpose in life. What was my legacy?

It was a timely reminder; too often it takes someone to die or a family tragedy to happen, for us to stop, appreciate the little things (which are actually the big things) and enjoy this journey called life.

If you knew you were going to die in one year, what experiences would you want to tick off? Where would you want to travel? Who would you want to spend more time with?

At Ambleside we had a saying ‘don’t become the richest person in the cemetery’. Whilst this may seem counter productive for a wealth creation firm, unfortunately too often we see people without such foresight. Fostering a spirit of live for today but plan for tomorrow, means making sure you stop to smell the roses and don’t leave your living until you retire or in the six months before you die.

For me this means having a relaxing break every 3 months, enjoying a guilt free shopping trip, long weekends along the Great Ocean Road with my family and making a positive contribution to my community.

So for those waiting until the time is right to take that overseas trip, tackle that half marathon, lose weight or have a camping trip with the kids…the time may never be right. Don’t wait until it’s too late, take action and set a plan in place.

Write down your bucket list and share with a trusted friend who will hold you accountable – there is nothing more pleasing than to see someone living life to the fullest!

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