By Tamunoemi Johnson
How to Achieve Your Financial Goals
Whenever we talk about chasing any financial goal, there are usually two key steps.
- Ensuring healthy savings
- Making smart investments
You will need to save enough; and invest those savings wisely so that they grow over a period of time to help you achieve goals. So let’s get down to ensuring healthy savings.
Ensuring Healthy Savings
Self-realization is the best form of realisation and unless you decide what your current financial position is, you aren’t heading anywhere.
This is the focal point from where you start your journey of achieving financial goals.
- Track Expenses
First and the foremost you have to track your monthly expenses. Use any of the expense tracking mobile apps to record your expenses. Once you start doing it diligently, you would be surprised to see how small expenses add up to a sizeable amounts.
Also categorize those expenses into different bucket so that you know which bucket is eating the most of your pay check. This record keeping will pave the way for cutting down on un-wanted expenses and pump up your savings rate.
- Pay Yourself First
Generally, savings come after all the expenses have been taken care of. This is a classical mistake which almost every one of us do. We pay ourselves last!
Ideally, this should be planned upside down. We should be paying ourselves first and then to the world that means that we should be taking out the planned saving amount first and then manage all the expenses from the rest.
The best way to actually implement is to put the savings on automatic mode i.e. money flowing automatically into different financial instruments (for example – mutual funds, retirement corpus etc.) every month.
Taking the automatic route will make us lose control of our money and hence will compel us to manage in what’s left with us thereby increasing the savings rate.
- Make a Plan and Vow to Stick with It
Budgeting is the best to get around the uncertainty that financial plans always pose. Decide in advance how spending has to be made.
At first, you may not be able to stick to your plans completely but don’t let that become a reason why you stop budgeting entirely.
Make use of technology solutions you like. Explore options and alternatives that let you make use of the available wallet options and choose the one that suits you the most. In time, you will get accustomed to making use of these solutions.
You will find that they make it simpler for you to follow your plan, which would have been difficult otherwise.
- Rise Again Even If You Fall
Let’s be realistic. It’s not like the world will come to an end if you made one mistake. This isn’t called leniency but discipline.
If you fail to meet your budget for a month, don’t give up the entire effort just like that. Instead, start again.
Remember that flexible plans are the most realistic plans. So go forward and try to follow your financial goals as planned but if for some reason, the plan gets out of hand for you, do not give up on it just yet. This has a lot to do with your psychology rather than any material commitment.
All you have to do is to stay on the road and vow to stay on it, no matter how much you fall down.
The Bottom Line
This completes the list of tips for you to set financial goals and actually achieve them with not so great difficulty.