The holiday season is here, and that means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your family and friends. However, this could also be the perfect time to give a gift to yourself. While it might be nice to give yourself the latest gadget, consider a gift that will have a much more lasting impact. For example, you could give yourself financial peace of mind. According to a new study, you might be able to obtain it simply by changing your mindset.
A study from Wells Fargo recently found that those individuals who have a planning mindset are more likely to describe themselves as thriving in both their financial life and overall life. They’re also 42 percent less likely to have high levels of financial stress and, on average, have 3.1 times more in retirement savings than those who do not have a planning mindset.1
So what is a planning mindset, and how do you obtain it? Below are the four key criteria identified by the study as the characteristics of those with a planning mindset. If these characteristics don’t sound familiar to you, it might be time to reassess your financial mindset.
Set financial goals.
Individuals who have a planning mindset are in the habit of setting goals for themselves. Think about the past six months. Have you set any financial goals for yourself in that period of time? Have you actively pursued those goals?
If not, there’s no time like the present to become goal-oriented. You could even start with something small, like paying off a credit card balance or reaching a target in emergency savings. Pick something to get yourself in the habit of setting and pursuing financial goals.
Work towards a big long-term objective.
Modest short-term goals are important, but long-term goals are also critical. You may have general long-term goals such as retiring in the future or paying for your child’s education.
However, it’s helpful to make those long-term goals specific. Work with a financial professional to determine exactly how much you need to save to pay for your child’s education or to fund a comfortable retirement. Once you estimate the cost of your goal, you can then develop an action plan to make your long-term goal a reality.
Shore up your immediate financial future.
It’s often hard to focus on long-term goals when you have stress and anxiety about the present. You may be concerned about more pressing issues such as paying your bills on a monthly basis or tackling debt.
Individuals with a planning mindset are comfortable with their financial situation in the near term, which allows them to focus on longer-term goals. Again, a financial professional can help you develop a plan to overcome your near-term financial challenges. Perhaps you need to bolster your emergency savings. You might benefit from using a budget. Once you feel more comfortable in the short term, you can start focusing on large long-term objectives.
Save for retirement today.
Retirement is a major financial challenge for most people. In fact, nearly 60 percent of Americans are concerned that they won’t have enough money to fund a comfortable retirement.2
However, individuals with a planning mindset know that saving today is always a wiser strategy than putting retirement off for the future. Even if you can save only a modest amount toward retirement, that’s still better than not saving at all. Time is the most powerful tool at your disposal. If you contribute money now, you give those funds the opportunity to grow and compound over a long period of time, which can help you accumulate more assets before retirement.
Ready to adopt a planning mindset in 2019? Let’s talk about it. Contact us today at Senior Care Alliance. We can help you establish goals and develop an action plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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