Achieving Financial Balance Step By Step
Financial Balance Is Within Reach
Do not be fooled, achieving financial balance takes an effort on your part. But do not be discouraged either because if you are self-disciplined enough to focus on a few basic steps, over time you can become financially balanced. Keep in mind that it is a slow go; your chances of achieving financial balance greatly improve if you are not in a hurry.
Step #1 – Define It
Before you can achieve any type of financial balance you will first need to define what it means to you personally. We all have our own ideas about what balance means. For some people it can be as simple as living within ones means so that expenses never exceed income and debt never piles up. For others balance can mean managing their debt to a level that doesn’t keep them awake at night. There are no right or wrong definitions of financial balance, it’s too much of a personal thing for there to be only one definition. You need our own definition…do you have one?
Step #2 – Push Yourself For An Answer
Have you ever taken the time to define what financial balance means to you? If not, maybe you should start thinking about it. If basic financial survival is a daily struggle then you probably haven’t had the time nor desire to analyze anything beyond the day-to-day conflicts and difficulties that come your way. But if you do not break out of that cycle, who will get you out?
Step #3 – Ya Gotta Have A Plan
Are your day-to-day road blocks stopping you from planning? If they are then you need to redirect your efforts. In other words, shift your efforts from basic survival to planning your future. Remember the old saying that “people don’t plan to fail…they just fail to plan”? Well there’s a lot of truth to that. No one wants to or enjoys living from paycheck to paycheck or being buried in debt…but that’s what happens when someone doesn’t plan.
Step #4 – It Starts And Ends With The Planning
Start planning, you have nothing to lose. Start with a broad brush then narrow it down. Where do you want to be 1 year, 5 years and even 10 years from now? Will your student loans to be completely paid off? Will you still be renting or paying on a mortgage? How much credit card debt will you have? Will you be making minimum monthly payments or pay the balances off in full every month? Will you have a retirement account started? Will you have children? Will you have college savings accounts for them? The questions are endless…and they are all personal, just like your definition of financial balance. Your financial future depends upon your ability to plan it…get started today, you won’t regret it.