As I sit here thinking about what to put in this week’s blog, I have decided to do something I rarely do – share how I am thinking about our current situation, and what I personally have decided to do about it. While I am never known for being short of words, I usually stick to what’s happening, and look for the opportunities and challenges for our industry.
Today, however, I am thinking I have a more important job to do. Today I am sharing my decision to think big.
I am not going to think smaller because of the current climate. I am not going to brace myself for tough, dark days ahead, as our economy and COVID-19 continue to take us down a path that might appear hazy and unlit.
I am going to think bigger. Where is the opportunity in these changing times? Who needs help the most? How can we deliver it? Because there has never been a greater time in our lifetimes that people need financial advice more. Equally urgent, this country needs new ideas and entrepreneurial thinking to drive us forward, and utilise the skills of the coming generations.
I’m going to think big - for our industry and for those who need help. I am going to promote financial advice, super and investing to create an even greater profile for what you do so well - and help people understand that they can gain peace of mind over their finances if they have, and stick to, a plan.
So I am asking you to join me in thinking big for yourself, your business, and us all as Australians. How can you amplify what you do? How can you renew your own energy, and invest in improving your own life first, with more focus and self-care, so that you too can offer the very best?
It’s a genuine question - most of us think we would like to do more, but we are just too exhausted. Kids, work, and the pace of life makes it hard to prioritise yourself.
There’s been a strange sort of gift in these last few months of COVID-19. More time at home, less time commuting, hanging out with kids without rushing them to one of several activities – it’s all meant there is more time in the day. And more time, when used well, for things like meditation, quiet, and doing things that matter to you, means your life improves. I know mine has.
So at the risk of sounding like part of the self-help community (which I do enjoy but don't usually combine with our industry), I encourage you to invest in yourself and increase your energy levels so you too can think big. It is the only way forward that means we don't need to feel afraid of the future.
Thanks for indulging me - I will keep you posted when big things happen!
Until next time,
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