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It has been said that work without vision is drudgery. How do you get inspired?
* Start by PICTURING and FEELING where you want to be financially by December 31. Attach a positive emotion to the vision of your future over the next 12 months. What do your financial circumstances look like in twelve months? What does that feel like? Things like, âHallelujah! No credit card debt.â âWhew! If I die unexpectedly, my family will be taken care of,â âSweet! Iâm on schedule to retire,â may be good examples. Write that vision down or make a collage of pictures and put it somewhere you will see it frequently.
* Remember, donât take yourself too seriously. Life is about the journey, not the destination. Destination is the same for everyone, death. So, enjoy the process of living and bringing your visions to life. Thomas Edison said, âI havenât failed. Iâve just found 10,000 ways that wonât work.
Assess Where You Are Financially
You canât start your journey towards your vision without knowing where you are. Ever try to get directions when you donât even know where to begin? On a simple excel spreadsheet which you can find on our website at suttonfinancialgroup.com, list the following: income versus expenses, assets including retirement accounts, debts including interest rates, life insurance including type and face value, and notate where your estate planning documents are like your will and powers of attorney. This gives you a visual picture of where you are.
Determine Where You Want to Be in Twelve Months
On the same spreadsheet or create a different one, determine what you wish to achieve. Set the goal and objective. For example, âI will have $6,000 in my emergency fund by December by putting $500 per month into a savings account.â Be specific. Categorize and prioritize your goals. For instance, âpriority #1, debt. Priority #2, retirement savings. Etcâ If ALL you do in the next twelve months is accomplish priority #1, then you have SUCCEEDED!
Break it Down
Your body breaks down what it consumes into useable elements. So too must we with our goals. Joe Girard said, âThe elevator to success is out of order. Youâll have to use the stairsâŠone step at a time.â Ships call these steps waypoints, or places on the map they have to go through in order to reach the destination. What are your way points? For instance, to find my $500 per month to put on debt, what expense will I reduce? What subscription will I postpone until my goal is met?
Once you have been inspired, assessed where you are, determined your destination, broken the trip down into easily described way points, now monitor your progress. Talk with a friend and set up a reporting schedule or even a friendly wager or competition to celebrate your arrival at each way point. What if you get an unexpected tax refund of $2,000 and you place that towards your $6,000 emergency fund goal! Call your friend and celebrate the waypointâŠjust NOT by spending that $2,000!
Reassess and Evolve
Storms may blow, or waves may get tall this year. But, that doesn’tÂ mean you canât reach your destination! If you fall flat on your face, youâre still moving forward. Just take different waypoints! Evolve with the times. Life should be enjoyed. See the clouds for what they are and simply take a different route.
In that whole financial process, you may wish to hire a financial professional who has experience in these matters or has connections or insights you havenât seen yet. Donât hesitate to give them a call.
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