Fear at Lake Chapala Ajijic?

July 9, 2010

Ever been so scared you can’t move? It’s a common reaction to a really scary situation. We know we’re in trouble. We know we need to move. But, we can’t seem to convince ourselves, so we do nothing. Some people make a living helping others out of tight spots like this. Firefighters and police officers are trained in how to persuade people immobilized by fear to move , with reassurance that moving is necessary. Here’s how they do it.  The firefighter or officer quickly establishes trust, speaks firmly with authority, but calmly, gives very clear and specific instructions on exactly what to do, and is there to help them to do it.. As a Police officer in Dallas for 35 years, I’ve done this numerous times. And, in a way, I’m giving similar help and reassurance now on how best to make a decision if the Lake Chapala area might be right for my clients. That there’s no need to fear the area, but there is a need to look inside themselves and think through the decision making process. Not that deciding if our area is right for you is as scary as being trapped in a burning building … but there are surprising similarities. Sometimes our clients are hesitating, unsure, and perhaps even a little afraid of making a bad choice. We understand. Information alone is not persuasive Imagine you’re trapped in a burning building. Now imagine I come over and simply tell you a few logical reasons you should move.

  • Fire is dangerous.
  • The fumes being produced are very unhealthy.
  • The building’s structure may fall in if the fire weakens the support columns.

Obviously, these are all very good reasons to move. But, it doesn’t help break your fear-based paralysis. Good reasons alone are just not enough. So, the Dream Team and I recognize that often our clients want to take the big step to move here, but quite frankly are a bit afraid. We realize that our client’s fears are valid, normal, and  causing tension. You see we’ve been through the process ourselves and so we understand. Dream_Team_002 We’re patient, understanding and helpful in a lot of ways anddo much more than than just give you the facts . We can be Joe Friday and give you “Just the facts mam.” If that’s all you want. But, most of us  need a bit more. We need someone to empathize with us,  to understand our fears, and then give us the tools to overcome them. So, the Dream team does a lot more than just give you the facts. We share our lives and experiences with you, ( both good and bad) about living here, so you will avoid the mistakes we made and benefit from the smart things we did as well. If we had a great Realtor, then we recall how helpful that was to us and now it’s our turn to give back. If on the other hand we had one that was less than empathetic we remember how that made us feel, and promise you we will never  make you feel that way. So, no need to be afraid. Thousands  have come before you and thousands more are coming. But please don't leave your common sense at home. We expect a healthy bit of skepticism. We understand that you’ve seen the gorgeous photographs, read the stories of living luxuriously on a pension, and  heard about the unbelievable low taxes… We expect you to make us prove it to you. (It’s all true by the way.) But, we want to do more, much more. We want to pull back the curtain and let you see how real folks really live here. So, what are your fears about living here? Crime? Political Stability? Acceptance by the  locals? Having to learn Spanish?  Poor Medical Care? Missing the Grand kids? Being Homesick? Making Friends and Fitting in? I 've written many articles, essays and e mails  on each of these questions, many of which have been published right here on www.ChapalaClub.com.I plan to write many more so consider signing up for the best Free On line E Magazine  all about living, working, and playing here at Lake Chapala Ajijic. Go to the sign up box in the upper right hand corner of any of our web pages and enter your e mail address.. and CLICK  on the "Go" button and the software does the rest. OK, now back to our program. Everyone happily living here, full or part time has had one, more, or all of the same concerns as you. Would we have an estimated 10,000 to 14,000 foreign retirees in the greater Lake Chapala Ajijic area if their concerns were not met? North Americans have been coming to Lake Chapala Ajijic for over 57 years to retire. Come on in, the water’s fine (including the water in Lake Chapala by the way) Contact me at Sid@ChapalaClub.com by e mail and I’ll have one of our Dream Team Exclusive Buyers Only Realtors contact you and become your personal, guaranteed empathetic guide to a whole new wonderful and exciting life here at beautiful and affordable Lake Chapala Ajijic Mexico. Say “NO” to fear. Take Action today, Sid@ChapalaClub.com Siempre tu amigo, Sid

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