Is it Finally Time to Push the "Start" Button? Are You Ready to Move to Costa Rica?
"He who hesitates is lost", said Joseph Addison around 1712. .
“If you have a dream, you can spend a lifetime studying, planning, and getting ready for it. What you should be doing is getting started.” – Drew Houston
“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” – Dawson Trotman
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” – Zig Ziglar
“If you don’t like the road you’re walking, start paving another one.” – Dolly Parton
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney
Pushing the "start" button. . it's that big old green thing! You can't miss it. It's a simple process. Line up your right forefinger with your right eye. . extend your arm, lower your hand and push the darn thing. . simple as that. . it will click. . a very loud siren will go off and red lights will flash. It's kinda fun!
By completing this easy move, you will finally be on your way to Costa Rica! Sure, there are a lot of things to do in between the pushing of the green button and walking into your new home in one of the happiest countries on the planet, but that will work itself out in due time. The hard part is always getting started, isn't it?
My dad always used to ask me, "How do you eat an entire elephant"? I didn't know the answer at age 8. He followed his question up by saying, "One bite at a time". . Makes sense to me. An overwhelming task always seems huge and sometimes one cannot even see the finish line. But, it gets easier as you begin your journey. And it starts by GETTING STARTED.
What will I do with all of my household furnishings? How do I ship my car over there? Will my dog be allowed to come? How do I forward my mail? Can I start a bank account in Costa Rica? Do I need to apply for my legal status or can I be a perpetual tourist for a few years? Do I need to learn Spanish? How expensive is it to live there? How about all of my medicine? How are the hospitals there in case of emergency? So many questions. . So much to think about and so many things to do. .
It does seem a bit overwhelming at first glance. And there are many things to take care of. . before you go and when you arrive. But, like everything else, the first thing to do is to decide to do it. Then get started with the process ahead of you.
When you first think about doing something. . something big and life-changing, the thought of doing so can be overwhelming. So your first action should be breaking it down into smaller steps that you can deal with one at a time.
There’s usually a logical order to things. Once you have the order of steps, you have a series of smaller goals to focus on one at a time. With smaller steps, there’s more focus and usually a more apparent place to start each one.
Once you know the first step, you can zero in on what you need to do to accomplish it. THIS is the key. . if you work through it, step by step, then not only will you finally reach your goal, you will enjoy the process. You will feel DARN PROUD of yourself for being able to proceed successfully.
Even with your goal of being in Costa Rica by a certain time in the future. . even when you break it down into simple, tiny steps, it can still be overwhelming if you think too much about the final steps first. You can get so worried about whether or not you’ll be able to finish the final stages, that you don’t even begin the first ones. Worry about the initial problems first, and don’t get caught up in issues that don’t exist yet.
So, with all of this in mind, if you know that you want to move to Costa Rica. . if you're totally certain that this is the correct path to take at this point in time, begin now. Commit yourself to your plan, create a working outline and then proceed with reckless abandon.
Consider this. . you are the chief pilot for Southwest Airlines Flight #2344 from New York City to San Jose, Costa Rica. You're taxiing to Runway 43 from the gate. You have just been cleared for takeoff. There are 252 passengers on board. You hit the throttle and are quickly reaching rotation speed on that big 767. . What is your mindset? Are you committed to this takeoff or are you still thinking that perhaps this wasn't a good idea? We both know the answer to that question.
Commit yourself to starting a new life in Costa Rica. Create your plan and begin the process.
So many people are doing just this right now. These first three months of 2021 have been a huge month for individuals and families starting their residency process. And all of them will be living in Costa Rica at least by the end of the year. We hope to see you here as well.
Much success and PURA VIDA! Welcome to one of the happiest countries on the planet. . Costa Rica!
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About the author
Costa Rica is a magical place. Since November, 2002, when I first visited this country, I have been in love with the people, the culture, its biodiversity, the food. . everything about it makes me happy! Now I share my excitement with you!