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May 5, 2020 — Leave a comment
The much maligned millennials should get credit for creating a philosophy which is actually more sound than that of our parents or grandparents. F.I.R.E. was born from their lack of desire to conform to some of the old school methods that have frankly been beaten into Americans as the norm or as the responsible way to live.
Financially Independent Retire Early (FIRE) is based around the idea of living modestly early in life so that you don’t have to spend a majority of your life working. Pretty good right? I’ll say mostly.

 

The concept of not working our entire lives is one that myself and most anyone can get behind. It is the first part, the live frugally or modestly, that the average American says, “Whoa!!! Wait a minute!”

 

Let’s face it, as Americans we are trained to Super Size it, upgrade it or simply buy two of them whenever possible.     – Todd Burkhalter 

It’s that mentality which fuels our consumption and excessive lifestyles. That same lifestyle that makes it tough for most people to save any money. Therefore, most people never seek to learn about personal finances because they believe that it will only interfere with their enjoyment and lifestyle in which they REALLY enjoy today. 
Investment companies and traditional financial planning are largely to blame for this lack of understanding that there is actually a better way. I say they are to blame, not really. They are only doing what benefits themselves so blame is a strong word, lets choose self-serving. 
Traditional Financial Planning teaches us to stash away money into funds or accounts which we can’t touch for decades. So that, when that day finally comes (maybe we’re 65 or so years old) then we can begin to enjoy our hard earned savings; assuming it is still there and that it is a large pile to last. Assuming tax rates and inflation haven’t diminished the accounts value, assuming that the stock market hasn’t declined to a point where we have to wait even longer yet.
As you may have guessed, we teach a very different methodology. At Drive Planning we want to adhere to all of the facets which make up FIRE. Absolutely let’s be financially independent and certainly the idea of retiring early sounds great. Let’s even lose the aforementioned live modestly or frugally. We will replace that part with, live more freely and be less dependent upon a “real job” or W-2 if you will.
There is a way to create the lifestyle that you desire yet not be beholden to a 9 to 5 job or bound to ever increasing quotas and conference calls. In my book, Bullet Proof Your Finances I spell out over only 41 pages a step by step guide for designing the financial life that you desire, One that allows you to have the confidence to live freely.
For many, this is a life or lifestyle which can be achieved right now and for others it could take a couple of years. It depends on how quickly you get started and your ability to take action; not necessarily how much money you currently have in the bank! The book walks you through exactly what to do; but if you desire to have a guide by all means we are here for you.
I have done this personally and coached hundreds to being able to do the same.

 

It is time to light the FIRE within you!

The book, Bullet Proof Your Finances is a great starting point. I have reduced it to $1.99 for this offer. Less than a coffee:) If you know it is time for you to change, just say yes. It is cheaper here than on Amazon!

 

I Want The Guide Book!

 

Have you tried programs before without success? Maybe it was the program, maybe it was you. It is possible that you know yourself well enough to say, ” I won’t read the book” or “I won’t follow through”. It is possible that you need someone to help you. That is OK! You may need a personal guide. If you would like for me and my team to walk you through the program; step by step, we will gladly do that for you. In fact we will actually do much of the hard work for you whenever possible. You just have to say “yes, I’d like the help and click the link below.

 

Please Coach Me!

Either decision is a good one. A bad decision would be to Exit This Page and do nothing! Take the chance to learn a new way. New Freedom.
I encourage you to stay tuned to our social media. You can definitely gain knowledge through all of the free content that myself and team members put on-line. However, it is not nearly as valuable as an organized very methodical personalized approach.
Thanks for sticking with me this far. I look forward to meeting you!

 

If you have questions about our Coaching Program or want to discuss a payment plan, simply TEXT: Coaching to 470-243-1717

 

As we emerge from this Global Pandemic it has left many people changed whether for the better or worse remains to be seen. Any time there is a traumatic experience regardless of the type of tragedy or unfortunate event the most important measure is often times how you respond to such an event.
This Covid-19 outbreak was particularly harmful due to the many ramifications; health, financial and emotional trauma are likely the three most common categories. In the balance of this post I want to share with you the most common responses which need to be dealt with but you can’t stay there very long. If you stay in these stages too long it will become far to tiresome and will ultimately crush your spirit and resolve. 
I hope that you are able to take the Action Items to heart and put them to work for you, your family and business life. Because Action Changes Everything!

There is no time for:

🙅🏼 Denial

🙅🏼 Anger

🙅🏼 Blaming

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Take Action:

✅ Get Honest w/ Yourself

✅ Discipline Yourself

✅ Get Help / Create a Team

✅ Define What is Important and Unimportant

✅ Make a List: Assets & Liabilities

✅ Inventory Your Time and Skills

✅ Make Hard Decisions

✅ Get Everyone on The Same Page

Thank you for checking out this Action Plan for you, your family and business as we make progress in distancing ourselves from this time period. Tough times build character but I certainly recognize that they can test your limits. If you ever want assistance or to simply discuss anything please know that i am here fro you. Feel free to connect with me through any of the social media pages or contact information listed here.

How would it feel to knock out your bucket list…..way before you kick the bucket?

When someone thinks of a bucket list it is only natural to think well into the distant future. Treating these dream items as distant wishes. I’d like to prescribe to you that you can begin dipping into that bucket list today!

 

2020 Bucket List



Quite a while back I was fortunate to be invited into an elite study group. The study group consisted of many friends/peers who were leaders from around the country within the financial planning field. Our group, which was called Top Gun School, followed Dan Sullivan’s Strategic Coach Curriculum. If you aren’t familiar with Dan Sullivan or The Strategic Coach; I’d encourage you to make the investment in yourself. The investment is substantial however the return on investment is immeasurably life altering.

There were numerous exercises and growth moments throughout the eighteen month course, however one session in particular has always stood out. The idea that your dreams are actually much closer than you realize.

The exercise is quite simple. As with anything important its the execution that makes all the difference.

We began by taking a couple of hours in solitude to list all that we wanted to accomplish in our lives. Categorically we segmented the list into short term, medium and longer term objectives. A bucket list of sorts.

This is where the excitement grew for each of us. We began to list the necessary steps to make each of these dreams or big ideas become a reality. Next we began placing time frames/deadlines around each of our next steps. For many of us we began to envision completed projects or the coming fulfillment that was once a dream and now was a certainty

There was a realization that many items were well within reach in the near future when we simply prioritized our time and energy towards completion. It wasn’t long before we began sharing stories of monies raised, trips planned or simply the groundwork being laid out on some really big ideas.

I certainly don’t want to oversimplify the process. However, I firmly believe that when action items are applied to ideas; results will surely follow. Michael Hyatt says it this way, “With action comes clarity.”

At Drive Planning we use the phrase (even hashtag) Be Intentional! The exercise that our Top Gun Group went through simply taught us to Live with Intention. Having an instructor, Kevin Murphey, whom we all looked up to and admired to hold us accountable certainly made a huge impact on each outcome. The best in any sport or field have coaches and mentors and I will say that I have been grateful for Kevin and many others throughout the years.

I want to invite you to create that Bucket List and begin reeling it a bit closer each day, week or month. Find a mentor/coach to push you. If our Be Intentional Package will help you, well all the better.

 

Just get started!