Medicare Blueprint Advisors - January/February 2020

MED I CAREBLUEPR INT.COM Health Matters

JAN- FEB 2020

I’m not really a New Year’s resolution guy. This might come as a surprise considering my line of work: Helping people find the Medicare plan that best fits their long-term goals takes many of the same skills as setting these yearly benchmarks. But it’s precisely because of this job that I keep my distance from this resolution tradition. When it comes to keeping an eye on the health care industry today, being flexible and proactive are a must. Long-term planning is important to any endeavor, but to make any progress, you have to take action in the present. If something is broken in my life, I’m not going to wait until Jan. 1 to start fixing it — and if I fail to hit a goal, I’m certainly not throwing in the towel until next year. Today is always a good day to make a positive change in your life. This isn’t to discourage those in the midst of carrying out their own resolutions. Using the inspiration of a renewed year to make a change is a great place to start — just don’t get discouraged if you stumble along the way. I’ve found it’s best to plan out short- term goals that take you toward your wider ambition one step at a time. MAKING THE FUTURE HAPPEN Resolutions for the Present

“Hopefully, this new style is easier on the eyes!”

If you’ve ever been to my office, you know what I’m talking about. I have an entire magnetic whiteboard for a wall where I can track all my projects and hold myself accountable. For example, one note that has been staring at me from across my desk is “Make the newsletter more legible!” We’ve gotten plenty of feedback since our launch, and we’ve heard you. Hopefully, this new style is easier on the eyes! As full as my whiteboard tends to be, and as much as I worry about getting everything done, I’ve found many of my clients actually have the opposite fear. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had people tell me they don’t knowwhat they’ll do after retiring — work is such a large part of our lives. It can be tough imagining what could fill that void. If this is a concern of yours, I can tell you with confidence, “Don’t worry.” Time and time again, I’ve seen how quickly retirees fill their schedule with things they’re passionate about. Spending time with grandkids, volunteering with charities, traveling — basically, anything else you’re interested in can become your new 9-to-5. All you need to do is take steps toward that reality in the present.

Here’s to a happy and healthy new year,

–Jason Mackey

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