One thing I’ve learned the hard way is the importance of setting financial goals. They say ‘the unaimed arrow never misses‘ and I’ve definitely found that to be true. During the times in my life when I’ve not had a goal, I’ve not made any measurable progress.
I suspect many of you have had similar periods in your life where you fell into a rut and were just going through the motions.
That’s a terribly unfulfilling way to live, so these days I’m constantly striving to reach different goals. This year is no different. I’ve set four main financial goals for 2018 they’re going to be tough to achieve, but that’s sort of the point.
If you’re fixin to boil a frog, one popular technique warns against dropping the critter into a pot of boiling water. Not surprisingly, a frog will immediately hop out of a pot of boiling water. #shocking
Getting your personal finances in order isn’t complicated. That’s not to say it’s easy, but for most people it’s not hard.*
Make a habit of these things and your finances will be on autopilot. Run on autopilot long enough and you’ll #GetRichQuickish. It just takes a bit of time, and this is where it gets hard. For me the most difficult part of personal finances is the waiting game.
Before any commercial airliner takes off, passengers are treated to some pre-flight safety instructions.
“Buckle up. No cell phones. No smoking in the lavatory …. in case of emergency, put on your own oxygen mask before you help someone else (even your kids).“
The first time I met Dave I was an overconfident sixteen year old kid. I’d just knocked on his front door and was looking for his daughter, Mandy. She was the hot new sophomore in school and I was eager to get to know her a lot better.
Standing on that doorstep some 25 years ago I’m sure I came across with all of the obnoxiousness that only a 16 year old can ooze and simultaneously be unaware of.
“She’s not here” Dave politely told me. I’m still not sure if that was true or not, but in the long run it wouldn’t matter. Little did either of us know that within the next six years he’d become my father-in-law.