How many times has someone asked you, “Where do you see yourself in the next 10 to 20 years?” And, you were not sure exactly what to say. To become financially independent, it is imperative that we develop a vision for where we want to go and devise a strategy that will enable us to see our dreams come true.
To survive and prosper in today’s economy, you need to know what your financial goals are, stay focused on them, and not be easily thrown off course when the economy takes a sharp turn up or down. Volatility comes with the territory, and it is extremely difficult to predict what is going to happen from day to day. But if you stay focused on your goals and remain committed to seeing them through to completion, you can be in a better position to succeed.
Set realistic financial goals. Start small and gradually build on them. Based on your budget, determine what you can afford to save each month and stick to it. Know that Rome wasn’t built in a day. It may take years to build the kind of nest egg you want. But if you save what you can consistently, there’s a good chance you will achieve – and possibly exceed – your goals in the long run.
Consider sitting down with a licensed financial professional to review your budget and discuss your goals and objectives. He or she can help you sort things out and make the appropriate decisions. Based on what you share, that person can help you devise a financial strategy to stay on track and meet your goals in a timely fashion.
Of course, the sooner you set your goals and start moving on them the better. Use time to your advantage. Either way, be prepared to pull back the lens, look at the bigger picture and act accordingly. Now when someone asks you where you see yourself in the next 10 to 20 years, you will not only be clear about your goals but also know how you plan to achieve them.