For those of us who are not great with a budget, the easiest way to solve this problem is to save 10% of your earnings.
Have your wages split with 10% being paid directly into an account you can’t easily access. Then regardless of how you spend the rest, as long as you don’t overspend, you WILL become a financial superstar!
2. Psychology is critical
Everything you have created in your life up until now is a result of your vision, mindset and underlying psychology.
Therefore, your psychology around money is critical if you are to master your emotions, create a powerful financial destiny and leave a legacy for your loved ones.
Create a mindset around growing your wealth instead of spending it. Spending on doodads is easy. Growing your wealth and building a legacy requires rock-solid psychology around money.
Be prepared and have a process in place to snowball your family’s wealth creation.
Having a plan with well thought out goals is critical. It will allow you to focus your efforts and thus help control your spendthrift emotions in favour of your chosen goal.
Remember Oak trees grow from Acorns, but you need to water them and nurture them over time for the best results.
3. Financial literacy will help
Financial literacy. Sounds like a whole heap of fun, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, you need to have a level of understanding of financial literacy – given that you are reading this shows that you are well on your way. You don’t need to be an expert. But you do need to understand the basics including the cycle.
Some entrepreneurial types have built a whole career out of helping others with financial literacy. Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki, became a cult hit and laid a solid foundation for people to conquer their financial demons.
The team at Calnan Flack is passionate about financial education and empowering individuals to make decisions to compound their wealth through sensible investments.
We want to help you build your family legacy.
4. Do not trust others – Take responsibility
Tales of lottery winners getting scammed by family members, so-called business partners or financial advisors will never grow tired.
You need to take responsibility for your financial decisions. This means get educated and seek professional help so you can take charge and not only make, but own the decisions you make.
Really its just like when you seek medical help. Your doctor may recommend that you take some medication or do some exercises, but it is YOU who has to do it. And it is YOU who has to own the consequences of your actions.
You also need to build a team to help you, but you know the responsibility sits with you.
Rather than just trusting others, you create the plans, you set the goals, and you make decisions that allow you to leave a growing legacy.
5. Plan for windfall profits and establish some goals
When I discuss the idea of windfall profits with our audiences, you can see the room lift a little. Everyone seems to be filled with a sense of optimism.
This is a good thing.
You want to be optimistic about your future, but I want you to be grounded and understand how important goal setting is to provide clarity on the next part of your journey.
Studies have shown those lucky lottery winners who focused less on thoughts like ‘I will buy a Football Team, Ocean going yacht or tickets to be the first passenger in space etc.. ’ and instead focused on how they can help others do better in the long run.
Now for the fun part.
Write down all those things you would do with a windfall or your future profits. Let your dreams fly and note those things that will make you truly happy: experiences, family and a path to happiness.
You may find life-experiences trump material possessions by a considerable margin in terms of life happiness.
A Final Thought
“Birds are caught with seed, men with money.”
Money is just a tool. It can be used for good or evil. My father always told me “When it comes to money, people change”. Unfortunately, I have seen this over and over in my professional career. So, choose your financial team wisely.
To achieve financial independence requires financial literacy, the ability to control your cashflow and spending. To then purchase quality assets and then stay committed to your plan ensuring you achieve whatever you have defined…
Otherwise, good luck with your lotto numbers ‘cos your gonna need it!
Oh, and do remember, statistically speaking, if you do win lotto, you are better off not telling anyone.
So Mum’s the word.