Planning For Your Future: Are You Reactive or Proactive?

by Jack Morrison on July 29, 2011

Are you planning for your future on purpose, or do you let it “just happen”? So often, we get caught up in the daily minutia of our routine that we act on autopilot. We’re just too busy, stressed, or tired to plan as we should.

This is especially true when it comes to creating—or updating—an estate plan. After all, you know you’re going to die someday, right? (If you answered “no,” then we need to talk.) So it just makes sense to make sure that your assets are distributed how you’d like and your loved ones will be provided for.

Everyone knows they need an up-to-date estate plan. So why do so many have plans that are out of date, or worse, non-existent? Because humans are wired to be more reactive than proactive.

The author in this article states that there are three things we can do to be more proactive:

  1. Ask yourself what is likely to happen, and react to it before it happens.
  2. Rise above the difficulties of the moment, see the big picture and make the changes you need to make.
  3. Sometimes, you may not have that energy. At such times, it serves no purpose to berate yourself for being weak. Think of your “reactivity” as a symptom instead of a failure. You need a break. Take it.

Be a proactive person when it comes to creating an estate plan. Plan for it and benefit from the fact that you’re taking very necessary precautions. In the event that something was to happen unexpectedly, your family and loved ones will be provided for.

Don’t let your future “just happen” when it comes to providing for your loved ones. My name is Attorney Jack Morrison. As a Clinton and Worcester, MA Estate Planning Lawyer, I assist clients every day with creating and updating their estate plans. Call my office at 508.852.7800 or reach out via our contact form.


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