6 Ways To Keep Your Financial Goals On Track
Everyone is on some sort of path towards saving or gaining money in order to reach a desired goal. But what no one really tells you is that it’s sometimes so damn hard to stay on track!
If you feel like you need to start setting financial goals or feel like you’re falling behind on current goals, here are a few tricks to help you start or move forward in the direction you want.
1. Picture Your Future
How would you like your life to look down the road? Do you need millions to keep yourself happy, or are you satisfied living a modest life in a small home? Think about what you want your life to be like in the future—your goals, dreams, aspirations—and it will motivate you to strive towards those goals.
2. Check Current Finances
Once you have figured out what you want your life to look like, check your current financial standing. Will you be able to achieve your goals and dreams if you continue on this financial path? If not, what must you change to get you on the proper path? Do you need to save X dollars each month? Do you need to create a budget? Do you need to pay off student loans? This is where you make your blue print or game plan.
3. Be Prepared
There are sure to be a few financial emergencies along the path of reaching your financial goals. An accident, illness, unemployment, or loss of income could potentially set you back. Be sure to have an emergency fund for little hiccups—it will give you peace of mind and it will keep your running in the right direction without any permanent setbacks.
4. Work Together
No matter what your goal is, an accountability partner can help. When you have someone to check in with, you are more likely to stay on track. The thought of knowing someone will be there to ask if you are staying on track may be enough to make sure you do.
5. Stay Curious
Reading up on different aspects of personal finance not only keeps you current, it helps you become better at managing your money. Many money professionals have their own websites, books or shows that make it easy to check in and out for noteworthy advice. However, be wary of trendy advice that could sway you away from your current strategy, game plan, and goals.
6. Update Your Goals & Dreams
Your hopes, dreams, and goals may change over time. With that being said, it is not enough to know that you just have to ‘save money’. Keep at front and center WHAT you’re saving for and review your goals once a year. You’re more likely to stay on track when you really focus and hone in on what you are saving for and why.
No matter what your financial goals are—big or small—make sure to treat yourself and celebrate mini wins along the way. At the end of the day, only you are standing in the way of your success… go get ‘em!
Sophia Zigmond / Writer