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Do you live "The Dash

Peter Katevatis - Nov 28, 2013
Tags Bucket List Dash Financial Plan Goals Live life My sister could not be more different than me. She is a painter, musician, vegetarian, and believer of most things she reads. I am a numbers guy who loves sports, barbecues, and I question every

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My sister could not be more different than me.  She is a painter, musician, vegetarian, and believer of most things she reads.  I am a numbers guy who loves sports, barbecues, and I question everything.   I mention her because she has an interesting business in the memorial industry dealing with headstones and markers.  They make the finest custom designs in Western Canada.

She deals with the birth & death dates for people, but what about everything in between?  Your life between birth and death on a grave marker or headstone is summed up by a dash.  That tiny little line sums all your feelings, life experiences and essentially who you are.  Do you live the Dash?

Some call it a bucket list or life goals, but ultimately it comes down to the same thing.  Our time on this planet is finite, what are you going to do with it?

Like me and my sibling, people are different.  My Dash ideas will be different than yours, and that is okay.  It is what makes us unique.  What is important is that we identify our Dash and work just as hard achieving it as we do the other goals in life.  Our priorities should include what is truly important to us.  I find too many people get mired in the details of the day to day and forget the big picture.  You have worked hard and become successful, therefore, you should verify that your efforts are matching your desires.

If your day-to-day actions do not match your present goals it is time to change.  Very simply, do things differently.  This might mean hiring a manager or bringing in external professionals, scheduling time for the family or for longer vacations. Financial planning often falls in this category. You need to schedule time to plan your financial future so you can live your Dash to its full potential.

Dealing with your financial plan can feel overwhelming and take us away from the things we would rather do.  In fact, many people never get to it since they would rather spend the time skiing on an epic Pow Day.  This is where your financial planner comes in.  Lean on the professionals to do the work you don’t do, even if you intend to do it.  It will be done correctly, but more importantly it will actually get done.

Now take the time and work on your Dash.