How to Have an Amazing 2015

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“A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.”

-Henry David Thoreau

What’s so great about the holidays?

I know the traffic can be a grind and the grocery store can be insanity, but outside of that, it’s a magical time.

To me the best part of the holiday season is reconnecting with friends and family.  It’s also about taking time to slow down and enjoy the present.  When we slow down, we are more engaged in the moment and can truly enjoy it.

Most of the time we are distracted thinking about our appointment later or our bank account balance and how low it might be. *Sigh*

Why can’t we enjoy our time like this more often?

The answer is time.  We are pressed for time because it takes time to make money.

We need money and no matter how much we get, it never seems to be enough.

I work with clients across the continent and lack of time is their most common problem.

In 2015, I ask that you re-think the way that you look at money, time and experiences.  Trust me when I say, having more money will not make your 2015 better, but having more time and experiences will.

Ever made a bad investment that cost you one years worth (or more) of your income?  I have.  After the anger or sadness washed away, I thought to myself,  “All those times my buddies invited me to golf and I said no”  or “All those daytime lunches I could have taken with my wife”  or “Wow, we didn’t even take one vacation with the family last year”.  It was the  experiences I passed on to get that money that made me upset the most.

Ever have a loved one that had a close call with their health that you could have lost?  I have.  The scariest part was how I treated them recently.  Was it well enough?  It’s regrets in life that are the scariest.

As you write your 2015 business plan, mission/ vision statement I ask you to think about the following first:

What’s my mission/vision for my family this year?  What’s my mission/vision for me personally?

You can work to keep up with the Joneses and all the things they have but it won’t make you truly happy.  Get rid of your clutter, pay down your debts (and don’t create ANY new debt) and move experiences up your priority list.

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”

-Antoine de Saint-Exupery

If we spend less money we won’t have to dedicate so much time to getting more of it.  Who needs lots of fancy things?  Trade them both for amazing experiences with those you love.  Schedule in your planner daytime laughing with friends or your spouse.

I hope you make 2015 the best year ever!
Happy New Years,

Daniel

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