Choosing Your Future #3

Posted on January 25, 2012

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Wbat if you get stuck in a contract you can’t keep?

Anchor line

What we’ve been proposing is throwing an anchor into the future, an anchor heavy enoughenabling to pull yourself forward against the tide.

But what if the anchor is so heavy you find  yourself sinking… going under?

It can happen!

So you need to build  an ‘escape clause’ into your contract. Not a mickey mouse escape clause that let’s you off the hook at the first sign of discomfort….’mummy it hurts.’

No, the escape clause is  like a personal 911 number, to be used only in case of real emergenciess – like illness or bankruptcy.

It’s not simple. Activating the escape clause must cost you enough to hurt, but not so much that you refuse to use it even though you should for health or financial reasons.

You work out the escape clause with the person holding the contact including the general conditions under which it can be executed and the “cost” to you to do so.

Lawyer - contract

The person who holds your contract shouldn’t be a friend or relative – they’ll likely be too soft or  emotionally involved. Instead use an arms-length’ person, like a lawyer.

Finally, it’s a good idea to have an arbitrator – acceptable to both you and  the contract holder – to resolve any disputes.

Do I hear you say: “This contract and arbitrator stuff is too much ruddy trouble – to hell with it!”

Yes,  it’s complicated and painfull. That’s because simple resolutions rarely work, that’s because changing bad or costly habits is likely to test your resolve.

So it depends on how much you want to change.  You must  strike while the iron is hot – sign your contract while your suffering from the consequences of your ‘dumb’ habit or procrastination. That’s when you have the necessary motivation and strngth to throw a ‘heavy’  anchor into the future. The anchor and anchor line must be strong enough to support you against the strong  tide of  the many personal and cultural forces sustaining your ‘dumb’ habit!

Oops! Sorry I have to run, or I’m at risk of breaking one of my contracts …  I don’t want to have to carry that damn sign again.

Fig: Anchor: flickr.com/photos/24175288@N03/2958987309/

Fig: Lawyer: flickr.com/photos/carinasama

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