This year was one for the books, and if there is one lesson that continues to be true, it is: Prepare for the unknown while remaining committed to your financial journey. We have all had our financial challenges – but it is possible to overcome financial setbacks. Let's look at some specific ways we can revive our financial focus as we unwind and begin to evaluate our strategy for years to come.
Take stock of your victories (and lessons) from the previous year
Think of yourself from someone else's perspective – if you weren't aware of your financial health and history, how would you rate yourself? Are there any patterns, purchases, or spending habits you'd like to change? Pull back the levels and reflect on your financial decisions, setbacks, and successes month after month. This exercise can help you identify patterns that you may not have noticed. Slowing down from the whirlwind of our lives can present opportunities that we may have inadvertently overlooked. What have you achieved and exceeded financially when you look at your life from a different perspective? Recognizing the gains is just as important (if not more important) than setting the lessons. Document these and have them ready to motivate you in planning for the future.
Maintain a positive outlook
Each year there will be different challenges that can make it difficult for even the most positive and optimistic person in the world. Building your confidence about finances is a daily practice – and in a world where it is often easier to point out what's wrong, make a habit of celebrating what's actually going well. If monthly bills used to be a problem and now you're paying all your bills on time, celebrate! If you've been able to pay off a credit card or reduce your overall debt, cheers are in order! During this perpetual financial journey, you need to keep reminding yourself of the "why". Your dedication to your finances and the attitude with which you approach it to make the difference. Optimism doesn't replace hard work, but it does make staying on course a lot smoother.
Don't wait for a new year – start now
We often wait for a new month or year to set goals. However, goal setting – especially in the financial world – can always be done when you decide to change. Take a moment to think about what a comfortable world looks like to you. Is it the option to go on vacation in no time? Is it completely debt free? Would you like to send your kids to college and settle the bill? Or is it watching your savings account grow? Or make a down payment for your dream home? If you answer this question honestly, you can create the perfect guide to a financial roadmap for you and your family.
Identify at least three financial goals to use as a starting point. Think of this plan as a GPS. He cannot tell you where to go without a clear goal if you write down your financial goals and review them as often as necessary to stay on track. Don't underestimate the importance of getting your family involved, because finance can very well be an interactive process. If you have children, include them so that they can understand early on why it is important to purposely set financial goals. Not only does this create a new environment to hold you accountable, but it also develops a financial muscle for your children.
Remain financially flexible
As life evolves, so do our desires and needs. Children grow an inch every day. Age of parents. Your personal desires change and you develop new interests. Emergencies often happen without warning. Make sure your finances can weather life's storms. Start where you are! Many people are intimidated when setting and setting savings goals. If possible, set up an automatic deposit specifically for your savings every pay period. If you still have money in your checking account after all the bills have been processed, you can also put some of it into your savings.
There are no rules when it comes to savings, and that's a good thing! Do what works best for you and your family until you have a solid financial foundation. Increase the percentage or amount over time and adjust as needed. Create different buckets for savings accounts – like entertainment, household repairs, after-school activities for kids, or even big purchases. A savings account can help ease financial pressures. Remember, it's there to help when you need it!
Develop new habits and commit to the process
Once you've done the tough job and figured out what you want to change, shift gears and loosely create different strategies that you can implement at your own pace to meet your new goals. If travel is one of your values, come up with a plan that will allow you to do so without unnecessarily wiping out your savings account or taking on unwanted debt. Creating a side business, saving an additional $ 100 per paycheck, automating your financial portfolio, or eliminating recurring costs are all very tangible ways to achieve your goals. Just be with yourself; This takes time and commitment.
As soon as your swing increases, nothing can stop or hold you back! As you continue to work on your plan, you will be able to identify and identify which methods are best for you and your family. As you make progress toward your goals, you will begin to take control of your finances instead of being controlled by your finances. Get the New Year off to the right start by committing yourself and your finances!
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Marsha Barnes (10 posts)
Marsha Barnes is a financial guru with over 20 years of experience striving to empower women worldwide to be financially successful. Financial literacy and literacy are a passion for Marsha and provide clients with practical information that builds their general confidence in their personal finances.