I’ll say it again - no matter the economy you have the power to create financial peace of mind. That sounds like a bold statement, doesn’t it? But financial experts agree that taking a few basic and financially sound steps can give you the ability to feel more in control of your finances.
1. Know what you want and why you want it.
That may sound simple enough but many of us are walking around without a clear vision of what we want and why we want it. Is it time to sit down and map out your financial plan for the future?
The motivational speaker Zig Ziglar calls it being a “wandering generality.” Financial peace of mind comes from knowing where you’re headed. Have you set one year, five year, ten year and even twenty year personal, professional and financial goals? Just as importantly, do you know why you want to achieve these financial goals?
2. Develop a workable plan.
You may want to seek out the advice of a financial advisor or set aside time to develop your own plan. Peace of mind, not only in finances but also in life, comes from having positive goals for the future and then developing a viable plan for reaching your goals.
Until you have a workable plan in place, your goals are only dreams. Take a long, hard and serious look at where you are now and where you want to be in the future. What should you be doing each week, month and year to make your goals reality? Are you willing to do what it takes in time, energy and money to reach your goals?
3. If you have a partner/family, sit down together and make a commitment to the financial future.
Your plan won’t see the light of day if everyone isn’t heading in the same direction. It’s going to take a commitment from the entire family to make goals reality.
Financial peace of mind is a family thing. When financial issues create tension, it has a ripple effect throughout the whole family. If you have children get them involved in planning the budget and being part of a savings plan. The lessons you’re showing your children by example will last them their financial lifetime.
4. Protect your financial future.
Protect your assets. That means having the proper insurances and updating them when necessary. It means having a will, power of attorney, trust agreement and other legal documents in order. It means understanding identity theft and protecting yourself in advance. It means not placing all your financial eggs in one basket. It means having a nest egg. It means seeking out professional help and advise when needed.
5. Live with the mind-set of financial optimism, hope and promise for your future.
Don’t follow the herd heading down the road of negativity. Take control of your mind-set and plan out your own prosperous financial future. Take control of your reality by living your financial goals each day. Educate yourself and make wise decisions. Commit to achieving your financial goals. And, never give up believing in the beauty of your dreams!
You will see it coming into your life when you are unattached to needing it.”
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