The nicest thing about the future is that it always starts tomorrow.
Speaking of the future, one of the hardest things about planning for the future is imagining what it will bring. In the case of extended or long-term care planning, a helpful technique is to imagine that an extended care plan you envision has succeeded. From that point, think through all the reasons why it would be successful. Then, imagine that the same strategy has underperformed, and think through all the reasons why it wouldn’t achieve success.
For someone struggling to envision their future self, here are some helpful questions to help guide you. Each person should answer them individually.
Jackson and Jodi found the exercise personally helpful, enlightening, and fun!
“I wish I had been a fly on the wall,” Doug jokes. “ Did you two do serious battle?”
“There is no denying that at times, it got, shall we say, a bit informative. But it’s what you don’t know that you don’t know that can trip you up.”
“Or what you think you know that you don’t know,” Doug observes.
“At the end of the day, or shall I say, at the end of multiple dinners, we had a much better idea of why people turn to advisors for help,” Jackson hesitantly admits.
“You mean as a referee?”
Jackson, now grinning, replies, “ I guess!” Then, more seriously, he adds, “But more as an interpreter to help us see possibilities.”
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