I’d like to think I’m normal. That being said, I’d like to think we all have this place tucked deep in the back of our brain that tells us the stuff we should probably start doing, what goals to set, or what bad habits we should break—I certainly have that place in my brain.
Ever notice that this place tucked in the back of our brain is the place where most of our New Year resolutions come from? Yes, in the back of my brain, I’m going to get back to my old college shape someday, sigh. Then my brain tells me that the holidays are approaching and I should just wait until the New Year—yeah, not going to happen, sigh again. That stuff back there in the brain is important stuff, but we know that it will present some physical or emotional challenge to actually get it done, and we commonly make excuses not to do it.
A few weeks ago someone told me they had been “thinking” about doing their estate plan for the last 8 years. It was tucked in the back of the brain. Each year would come, and they would tell themselves “I’ll get it done this year,” sometimes as a part of a resolution, sometimes not. Well, their estate plan is done now—and this someone is extremely satisfied that it no longer lurks in their head. They had no idea it would be so easy.
Obviously, I can’t read peoples’ minds—however, I know that estate planning often falls into this space. So, what should you do? Make space for other New Year resolutions—get this old goal off your list before the new year arrives! That’s right, give yourself a gift this year as the holidays approach—the gift of knowing you’re heading into next year with one less ‘to-do’ floating around in your head. More importantly, this gift can give you much more peace of mind during the holidays—you know, as you spend time with family and think about the important things in life (hopefully J). You’ll thank yourself, and someday your family will too!
I’ve been told (by many) that the only difficult part of the estate planning process is the first step—picking up the phone and scheduling an appointment. I get it. Think of estate planning like a band-aid, and as they say, “just rip it off.” It doesn’t hurt after that!
I hope to see you this November or December, 2018. That way you can spend next year solely focused on your health so that your estate plan isn’t needed for many, many more years. If you want to join us for one of free upcoming educational workshops, and get the estate planning process started once and for all, just click here to let us know and we'll be in touch. Or you can call us at (317) 863-2030.