There’s an excitement at the beginning of that “something” you’ve been looking forward to.
Some eagerly anticipate the opening day of their favorite sporting event. For others, it’s the sound of silence at home as the kids head back to school. Love them dearly, yet it’s awesome to have everybody back to work. For others, it’s the first invigorating run of the year on a cold January morning. Maybe it’s something completely different for you–you get the point.
You look forward to the outcome of that favorite sporting event. But, you enjoy the moments the game will offer before you know the outcome. You’ve enjoyed the summer with the kids, yet you’re ready for the day they head back to school and cherish both times. The run may begin stiff and a bit painful. Yet, with each step the adrenaline flows and just may kick-in enough to dull the aches and soften the joints.
So, we ask you to begin thinking of your own personal financial planning and financial wellness as if it’s a hobby, event, or ‘thing to do’.
Approach it with an eye for adventure. (Hang on. Hear us out…) In the past, you probably viewed it as a difficult task. You may have sat down to attempt it. But then, realized that the dog had to be taken out, your nails weren’t yet dry, you had to finish flossing your teeth, or cleaning out the basement, or…just about anything else.
Start by realizing the following…A goal without a plan is just a wish. You could wish you had the new bestseller, or that you could watch opening day, but it’s important to you, and so you make it happen.
You have dreams and goals that are important to you too. That’s the first page, the first at-bat, the first step. If you know where you’re headed dream-wise and goal-wise, you’ll have an easier time making the decisions along the way. And planning gives you peace of mind and more control over your future. It allows you to focus in on your purposes in life.
If you’ve already got some goals, now you need to undertake the journey. Consider approaching your goal of financial wellness more like your hobby. You just may find it fun and less overwhelming. Keep in mind that the outcome can help you to realize your dreams and goals. Creating a financial plan will give you clarity in decision-making. It can set you off on an excursion that may be just as satisfying as your hobby and as much fun.
With all of this in mind, we extend the invitation to you to begin today to think differently about your financial wellness and planning. Approach it seriously, yet, as you would any hobby or interest. Have an open mind, excitement during the journey and positive anticipation for what’s to come.
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