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7 Money Must-Haves for 2016

As we usher in the year 2016 with an optimistic outlook for a bright future, we must have a
decisive game plan to create a more prosperous New Year. Instead of just rehashing wishful resolutions from past years, make a concerted effort to attain these specific financial objectives:

1. A S.M.A.R.T. goal

It’s been said that ‘a promise is a comfort to a fool’; and some people believe that resolutions are foolish wishes that bring cold comfort. Your dreams may seem impossible to achieve if you don’t convert your ideas into specific, measurable, actionable, relevant and time-based goals.

Select one dream that would make the biggest difference in your life. Write it down precisely, expressing how you would measure it, take action on it and know when it was complete. Consider all the steps you need to take every day to realise your goal and persevere until you accomplish it. Continue reading 7 Money Must-Haves for 2016

Money Mission: Stop Procrastinating!

Isn’t it amazing how fast we have sped through 2012? It seems like just yesterday we were making optimistic declarations about our plans for the new year. Now, there are only 60 days left until this eventful year becomes history. Looking back on the past 10 months, would you say you have accomplished your goals?

Many of our wishful resolutions are destined to remain unfulfilled. If we took the time at the beginning of the year to assess our needs, think about viable solutions to our problems, and write down firm declarations to better our lives, why have over 300 days gone by without us taking action? Why did we let distractions and discouragements keep us from our achievements?

The answer to this age-old problem will vary, as persons may have different issues that affect their levels of motivation. Despite the situations that may have held you back in the past, you can still make an effort to work on some of your unfinished targets. You can make the rest of the year really count by tackling one or two of your incomplete objectives. Continue reading Money Mission: Stop Procrastinating!

Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever

At the beginning of a new year most people choose to reflect on the past and make resolutions for things they would like to accomplish going forward. However, despite their grand ideas and hopeful wishes, all too often, the days, weeks and months slip by without any progress being made towards actualising their goals.

Although they may have a good picture of the end result that they want to attain, many people fail to prosper because they really don’t know how to create and carry out an action plan that works.

Success is not achieved by a swift arrival at a desired destination; it’s the cumulative result of taking consistent, tiny steps that are headed in the right direction.

Continue reading Make 2012 Your Best Year Ever

A Stitch In Time

It ‘s amazing how a few minutes’ time delay can make a major difference to an entire day. This realisation struck me on a recent bus trip to the country. The driver of the vehicle turned up about 15 minutes late for work, and in his attempt to make up for lost time, he exceeded the speed limit and was stopped by the highway police.

The driver ended up delaying his journey by several more minutes and received a traffic ticket to add to his troubles. When we finally reached our destination he admitted to his team member that every time he was a little late he got caught by the police! As I left the bus, I reflected on the fact that lost time can also multiply problems in our financial lives.

One of the biggest financial misconceptions that many of us entertain is the belief that we have all the time in the world to do the right things with our money. When we spend our money frivolously or procrastinate on taking action on our goals, we usually think that we will be just fine if we save later or start working on our plans at another time. Continue reading A Stitch In Time

Is Procrastination Destroying Your Financial Dreams?

“I have a big problem with procrastination. I keep putting off important tasks and this is affecting my finances. I hadn’t paid income taxes for several years and I was happy when I heard of the tax amnesty. I delayed getting an accountant to sort things out and now I have to pay significant penalties that could have been avoided.

“I also lost out on renting the perfect office space because I didn’t act fast enough and someone else jumped on it. My life is littered with missed opportunities caused by me dragging my feet. What can I do to cure this horrible habit?”

Don’t worry – you are not alone in your procrastinating habits. I too have experienced that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach after missing out on a great deal or the chance of a lifetime just because I took too long to take action.

Almost everyone procrastinates on important issues, whether it’s starting an exercise programme, clearing away clutter, or doing homework. However, when the delaying tactics have to do with money, then procrastination can bring tremendous personal and monetary cost. Continue reading Is Procrastination Destroying Your Financial Dreams?