Whew, sometimes a nice little vacation is all it takes to recharge the batteries, enjoy the company of a loved one, and realize that this life is truly worth living. As we each strive for financial independence, regardless of the path we take to get there, it is the small breaks from the grind that help us maintain perspective.
The Fight for Freedom!
Focus on saving. Check.
Focus on investing. Check.
Set and pursue goals. Check.
Now, stop what you’re doing, take a few deep breaths and look around. Che… wait what?
Everyone once in a while, we need for life to slow down. Once we step back and contemplate on who or what is important in our lives, we can pursue it with wild abandon. Here, not quite six months after getting married to a beautiful woman, I am spending a few days in the sun with her, relaxing, without focusing on work or any other distractions. The best part? Recognizing that this vacation will become permanent at some point. By slowing down, we are actually speeding things up. We realize just how desirable our future is, and how badly we want it. Any gaps in focus are now covered, and our motivation peaked.
“But W2R, I’m already motivated and pressing hard for success!”
Doesn’t matter. Burnout can occur for anyone making a lifestyle change, regardless of the success you’re seeing. So even if you’ve already shown long-term commitment towards financial independence, the road ahead will still be tough, and frankly, life will happen to interfere with the best laid plans. By being proactive in taking a bird’s eye view of life will afford you the opportunity to step outside yourself for a moment and take stock of where your life is heading and what challenges might be coming down the road. Often times when working on a complicated problem at work, it is getting out of the details that will help me figure out the solution to the problem, sometimes before the problem happens. It is the same way a lookout goes to the top of a mast on a ship to find the rocks and danger ahead. Perspective matters.
So take a day, take a week, take as long as needed, but always remember to recharge your batteries. The work will get done, the goals will get met, but life is something that can be lived just once. So slow down, and you will likely find it will speed things up. I’m a long ways away at this point, but I can’t wait to see you all at the finish line.