One of the barriers to success development is the
inability to handle money. Money is a necessary
commodity and if we do not learn to control it, it
will control us. Even if you do not have a goal to be
wealthy, you do need to learn basic financial goal
setting to achieve your other goals. You will not be
free to pursue what you really want if you are
constantly dogged by financial worries.
Basic Financial Plan
Your first financial goal should be to draw up a basic financial plan. This is as
simple as organizing your money to make sure you are not constantly running
short. It is as basic as making sure your outgoings do not exceed your income. As
basic and common sense as this is, most people who get into financial
difficulties do so because they do not follow this simple rule.
Do A Basic Budget
The best way to organize your money is to draw up a simple budget so you know how
much money you need to run your life. If you have not already done so, make a
list of all the fixed costs you have to meet on a regular basis. By fixed costs, I mean the regular outgoings you have to make to cover such items as rent or
mortgage; credit card or other loan payments; utilities; travel costs - to and
from work. These are the costs you have to meet just to live and if you cannot
meet them, you cannot run your life.
Build an emergency fund, as this will give you security. The simplest way to do
this is to set aside a percentage of your pay into a separate bank account. You
should do this first. You have probably heard the saying, "pay yourself first",
and so you should. If you do not do this you will be trying to save from what is left rather than putting aside the money first and living on what is left. Set
this up to happen automatically so the first money to come out of your pay is the
emergency fund money. If your pay goes into a bank account you can set up a
direct debit to have the 10 or 20 percent paid into a separate account.
Aim to have 3-6 months income in that account. That way, if lose your job or if
you are off work without pay, you will not fall behind and be forced to spend
time catching up.
Keep It Simple
As you can see, this is not about complicated financial goal setting. It is about
giving you the freedom to focus on your success development rather than having to
stop and deal with financial problems. If you are forced to do this you will use energy you should be directing towards achieving your main goals. That's why your
minimum financial goal should be to control your money so you can control life
and concentrate on your long-term success.