It’s surprising how once a goal is achieved it quickly becomes “familiar”. Yesterday was the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. What an incredible achievement! Yet if I’m honest, as this accomplishment has been a part of my life history – well, almost all my life! – it has become simply another historical fact, which has rarely involved much thought on my part (if I’m being completely honest). However, this stands as one of the most amazing achievements in history and when reflected on is truly inspirational.

Imagine the notion of standing on the moon, to someone who lived even in 1868 – something that very few had conceived, with the notable exception of Jules Verne who wrote “From the Earth to the Moon” in 1865. It caused me to wonder how many of us live our lives with small dreams, and how much more could be achieved if we can make our dreams rather bigger, perhaps apparently impossible.

I am fortunate to be able to meet some very inspirational people – entrepreneurs, performers, creatives and people at the leading edge of their field. A common link is the ability to think bigger, to push themselves to achieve what many might doubt as being possible. I wonder how much more we might all achieve with a reminder that the impossible is really a temporary state.

Good financial planning is, without sounding twee (which it does), is about making dreams come true. Of course one can only do this if you are able to imagine them in the first place. Money is a part of the story, but not the reason and invariably not the motivation. So may I encourage you to imagine, to dream perhaps bigger than before. For many, this is precisely what needs to occur at a time of job uncertainty.

I’m not going to pretend that there will not be struggles and many days when perhaps the feeling of wanting to give up may seem overwhelming, but persistence pays – just ask an English cricketer. Now is the time to dream dreams.

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