Here at the Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia, the excitement of new beginnings is thick in the air. Our recent merger with The Debra Robinson Law Group to create the Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia, Miskell & Robinson, P.C. has us glowing with excitement for the future. However, as estate planning attorneys we know very well that success isn’t a product of luck but of planning and hence, our New Year’s resolutions are all about preparing to make the most of the year ahead.
Setting resolutions that center on planning has helped us grow to serve an ever-expanding community and it may be a strategy that could help you, too. Unlike run-of-the-mill resolutions that involve quitting bad habits or starting good ones, planning-related resolutions don’t weigh on you like a ball and chain. When you resolve to plan you accomplish tasks that produce more accomplishment. This doesn’t happen when you resolve to, say, cut out desert which is why such resolutions rarely stick.
According to a 2016 study, only 9% of US adults who set resolutions see them through. Of the 91% who fail, 35% claim their resolutions were unrealistic; 33% say they lost track; 23% confess to forgetting and 10% say their resolutions were too many. A resolution that revolves around a plan is less susceptible to fail for these reasons and here’s why:
4 Reasons to Resolve to Plan
1. A plan can (and should) be broken down into steps and these steps can themselves be broken into further steps. This means that no matter how ambitious, no plan is unrealistic if taken in small enough chunks.
2. A plan is hard to lose track of because by its very nature a plan keeps things in order.
3. When you resolve to plan (and follow through with your planning), you start something in motion and when things are moving, they don’t easily slip from memory.
4. While a plan may have many steps, getting started doesn’t mean you need to chart them all. Rather, it just means you need to, well, start. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, after all—or so the proverb says.
One of the best plans you can resolve to accomplish is an estate plan. By getting your affairs in order, executing a Will, and establishing powers of attorney you build a roadmap that shepherds you through life, protects you from unknowns, and ensures your loved ones are cared for when you’re gone.
Implementing an estate plan is not hard and doing so provides lifelong advantages. Unlike resolving to hit the gym every other day before work, resolving to order your estate won’t leave you feeling like a failure by February. Instead, if you take simple actions to begin the process now, by the time the spring thaw arrives your estate plan will be complete and you’ll already be enjoying the benefits.
To learn more about setting a meaningful New Year’s resolution and starting your estate plan, out do not hesitate to reach out to the Estate Planning Law Group of Georgia, Miskell & Robinson, P.C. either by calling 770-822-2723 or contacting us through our website.
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