Have you ever had one of those days? A day when you wanted to make a dramatic departure from your job, move to a deserted island and live out the rest of your life drinking out of coconuts and swimming in a blue lagoon? While your version of “paradise” might be different, we have all had those moments where we thought about escaping from it all.
But are you bold enough to ever make such a move? Most of us are not and frankly, if you are not prepared, that emotional decision may be detrimental to you and your family. However, could you put yourself in a better position so that you could not only see bold moves that you could make with your life, but get yourself into a position to be able to make those moves?
A friend and associate of mine made such a bold move. At a point in his career when things were humming and the future looked bright, he and his wife made the decision to move from the suburbs of Dallas to a condo in Colorado for a 1-year sabbatical. No work for a year. They spent time exploring, hiking, and home schooling. He says it was life changing and felt very happy he took the plunge. He is now back to work, but views his life and work in a much different way than he did before he took the break.
Another bold move that many would like to do is move from two incomes to one. You may want to do this so that your kids get more parental attention. You may also be considering this to free up someone to start a business or follow a passion. Whatever your motivation, do you have what it takes to jump and make it happen?
Another friend of mine is currently contemplating a bold move. Both husband and wife are working in high-paying positions and doing what seems to be everything right financially. They live in the U.S. but have family in the U.K. Their bold plan includes one of them quitting their job and moving to the U.K.; less income, potentially more expense, and at what cost? Or, does cost really matter?
As I have seen others and contemplated and made my own bold moves over the years, I have seen three keys to success:
I like bold moves. I like being in a position to make them. I never know what idea is going to pop into my head, but what I do know is that the more control and the more planning I do about my financial life, the more opportunities I see for bold moves. Do you have a plan? Has that plan freed you up to see bold moves in your life?
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