“Freedom and wealth is an outcome of “Time”; the most precious asset that we all possess. Time however is a variable to each individual as our actions from our choices determine the longevity and returns from this asset. To maximize the return on this asset is determined by the energy that we put forth in developing our financial education, relationships and health.”
In your twenties your future is too far away to think about and what is important is the “here and now”.
Your financial habits are not great, as you will have probably maxed out your credit card, delayed any savings and focused mainly on pleasure spending.
Your twenties are the time to have fun and its ok to make financial mistakes. However, the bad financial habits that you have accumulated in your twenties need to be gone before you head into your thirties.
Being in your thirties is different, you become more responsible and yes a little more serious about life.
Living in a cold damp house where it was party central every weekend doesn’t seem so appealing. The comforts of a warm centrally located apartment with your partner or a flatmate is the place you really want to be. You start to drink wine and your parties go from 100’s to dinner parties of 6! No police get called to your dinner parties!
You will find that children, family, marriage, buying houses are the main topics of discussion amongst your friends.
Shopping. Bills. More bills. Your health. Appointments. Money. Credit cards. Rent. Mortgages. Tax returns. Work. Some of these things were present in your twenties, and if you really wanted to ignore them you could but now you can’t.
If you make the right financial choices in your twenties, many of the thirty something life events become not so stressful and far more pleasurable. The reason why,is because you have a good financial base!
However, if you don’t make the right financial choices in your twenties, your life will be one of financial struggle – not only in your thirties but for ever.
“Money is only a tool. It will take you where you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver” Ayn Rand
By pursing these 10 Financial Goals before you reach 30, you will have set the foundation for you to enjoy financial security and independence for the rest of your life.
1. Know Your Personal Financial Profile
“When it comes to money and so many other things in life, understanding your weaknesses and strengths can help you with your future plans.” Tagene Brown-McBean
I know that this doesn’t look like a financial goal however it is the key to your success in achieving your financial goals. You need to know what your values and beliefs are around money.
What is your risk profile? Does spending money give you pleasure? Have you got good saving habits? When you see something you really want, do you justify to yourself how much you deserve it even though you cant afford it. Do you like credit cards? Are you ever able to pay your credit cards off in full every month?
Do you bury you head in the sand when it comes to dealing with money?
There are lots of financial personality profiles assessments on the internet and many of them are free. Here is a link to a great article on personalities and money. How Your Personality Affects Your Finances
Go and find out what your relationship is like with money. Then decide if you have the commitment, desire and motivation to pursue these financial goals before you turn thirty.
2. Write Down Your Financial Goals.
“By failing to prepare you are planning to fail” Benjamin Franklin
Once you have an understanding of your financial personality, you can then start to plan your financial future.
Write down your financial goals – short, medium and long term goals.
The timeframes you set for these goals need to be aligned to your financial personality.
Use the KISS and SMART metrics to write your goals. (Keep It Simple Smart) and (Specific, Measurable, Action, Realistic, and Time Bound).
This financial goal needs you to be disciplined and focused. If you struggle with these personality traits – thats ok. Find someone who can help you or go on the internet and look for templates that you can use to guide you to writing your goals.
Find out how to write your financial goals that are aligned to you and your current priorities in life.
If you don’t take the time to put a financial plan in place by the time you reach your thirties, you increase your chances of failing to achieve those financial outcomes that will enable you to live your dream life.
3. Stop Impulse Spending
“Remember, buying something is not the problem
Give up your bad habits around spending. The sooner you give up the habit of impulse spending, the better off you will be financially.
Try to understand why this behaviour is important to you as it does not serve you well. This behaviour does not support wealth creation. If you continue to spend impulsively your financial future going into your thirties and beyond, will be a struggle.
Don’t stop enjoying your life and spending money all together. You should be spending money on things that make you feel good. Just be realistic about your spending habits. If your spending is reckless and impulsive, then do something about it.
4. Get an App To Track Your Expenses
“There are plenty of ways to get ahead. The first is so basic I’m almost embarrassed to say it: spend less than you earn” Paul Clitheroe
If you are in your twenties and you have a negative perception or no motivation to budget or track your expenses you need to change right now.
Holding on to these beliefs will hold you back from having any financial security in your thirties and later in life. Keeping a track of of your expenses is one of the key financial habits that will enable you to have financial wealth and independence in your life.
There are some amazing budgeting apps that you can download. Go search for these apps as they enable you to budget and monitor your expenses with ease and no stress.
When you reach thirty it is essential that you are able to live within your means otherwise you will find yourself drowning in debt.
Remember your thirties will bring more expense and cost to your life. Good budgeting habits will ensure you are prepared to manage these extra costs and live within your means.
5. Learn About Investing
“Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune”. Jim Rohn
To create long term wealth you need to become educated about investment.
The best time to start getting the basics sorted around investment and start building your wealth is now – as you head into your thirties.
With sound investment planning in your twenties you should have an investment portfolio up and running by the time you are thirty.
Investing in your future now, before you turn thirty, ensures that you will reap the financial rewards of security and independence for the rest of your life.Advertising
6. Learn How To Manage Your Debt
“Debt is like any other trap, easy enough to get into, but hard enough to get out of.” Henry Wheeler Shaw
Don’t borrow money to buy depreciating assets is a key rule to managing debt.
Debt can work in your favour, but only when you use it for things that tend to rise in value over a reasonable period of time.
Using borrowed money to invest in a house, a business or an investment (which includes your education) is the sensible use of debt. However you still have to pay the debt of and if you don have a plan to manage your debt, then interest will compound and your debt will triple.
Borrowing to buy a new phone, pair of shoes, TV, or car is not a smart use of debt.
Get rid of your BAD DEBT – credit cards, higher purchase or car payments. Avoid credit card debt like the plague.
There is a very simple rule to follow when you spending, if you have to borrow money for it, then you simply can’t afford it – that includes using credit cards.
7. Get Insurance And Start Saving For Emergencies
“The habit of savings is itself and education; it fosters every virtue, teaches self denial, cultivates the sense of order, trains to forethought and so broadens the mind” T.T Mauger
In your twenties the concept of an “personal emergency” is never thought about because it just doesn’t happen in your twenties. If an emergency occurs usually your parents will sort it out.
However that it all changes in your thirties and things like Life Insurance, Income Protection Insurance and Mortgage Payments start to appear in your lives.
You need to protect your future. Setting up a fund and getting insurance for you to call on in an emergency is a great financial goal to have underway as you enter into your thirties.
8.Stop Relying On Your Parents For Money
“You cannot help people permanently by doing for them, what they could and should do for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln
If you are still relying on your parents to financially support you when you are thirty, you should be worried.
I get that you may have a student loan and in your twenties your parents were your ATM machine however this is a bad habit to maintain as you go into your thirties.Advertising
It is pretty much guaranteed that if you have bad debt and still rely on a monthly allowance from your parents then your chances of having financial independence and creating wealth in your life will not happen.
That is your reality.
9. Start A Retirement Account
There is no way you would have missed all the hype that has been promoted about how important it is to start saving for your retirement in your twenties.
The book Get A Financial Life by Beth Kobliner focuses on helping people in their twenties and thirties get their personal finances sorted. In her book Beth Kobliner outlines an example to show how the power of time on your investments works.
“Suppose you set aside $1,000 a year from age 25 to age 64 in a retirement account that earns 5% a year (historically, stocks return about 8%, but we’ll be conservative). That’s $39,000 total you invest. By the time you turn 65, you’ll have $126,840. If you don’t get started with saving until you’re 35, you’ll only have $69,760. Starting just ten years earlier would have doubled your total. Yes, doubled.”
When you are investing in your future with the goal to achieving financial freedom, then time is your biggest ally. Start saving and investing now before you reach thirty.
10. Develop A Financial Abundant Mindset
“When we do what we love to do; when we are generous and seek to help others; when we live within our means and save money; when we always seek a more specialized knowledge…we then have an abundant mindset, and are bound to realize financial abundance”.
How you handle your relationship with money in your twenties will influence how you live the rest of your life.
Starting to develop a mindset that supports financial abundance, will help you to prosper in the future both financially and personally.
A person who has a financially abundant mindset is one who has developed knowledge and skills to acquire financial wealth however balances that with philanthropy and generous giving.
Pursing these 10 financial goals before you reach thirty will guarantee you financial security and independence for the rest of your life.
You have the power and the choice as you head into your thirties to create the life you desire.
I hope you choose well.Advertising
‘Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds nought and six, result misery” Charles Dickens
Last Updated on January 21, 2020
How to Develop a Millionaire Mindset in 6 Simple Steps
We all like to dream about being financially wealthy. For most people though, it remains a dream and nothing more. Why is that?
It’s because most people don’t set their mind to achieving that goal. They might not be happy in their current situation but they’re comfortable – and comfort is one of the biggest enemies of growth.
How do you go about developing that millionaire mindset? By following these simple steps:
1. Focus On What You Want – And Take It!
So many people are too timid to admit they want something and go for it. When there is something that you want to accomplish don’t think “I could never actually do that”, think “I could do that and I WILL do that”.
Millionaires play to win, not to avoid defeat.
This doesn’t mean to have to become a selfish jerk. What it means is becoming more assertive and honest with yourself. You don’t have to grab off other people. There is a big pot of unclaimed gold in the middle of the table — why shouldn’t you be the one to claim it? You deserve it!
2. Become Goal-Orientated
It’s almost impossible to achieve anything if you don’t set firm goals. Only lottery winners become millionaires overnight. By setting yourself attainable goals, you will get there eventually. Don’t try to get rich quickly — get rich slowly.
Let’s take the idea of making your first million dollars and expand on what kind of goals you might set to get there. Let’s also say you’re starting at a break-even position – you’re making enough to get by with a few luxuries, but nothing more.
Your goal for the first year can be having $10,000 in the bank within a year. It won’t be easy but it is doable. Next, you need to figure out the steps you need to take to achieve that goal.
Always look at ways to make growth before cutbacks. With that in mind, you might want to see if you can negotiate a pay rise with your boss, or if there’s another job out there that will pay better. You might be comfortable in your old job but remember, comfort stunts growth.
You may also have other skills outside of your workplace that you can monetize to boost your bank balance. Maybe you can design websites for people, at a fee of course, or make alterations to clothes.
If this is still not enough to make the money you need to save $10,000 in a year, then it’s time to look at cutbacks. Do you have a bunch of old junk that someone else might love? Sell it! Do you really need to spend $10 on your lunch everyday when you could make your own for a fraction of the cost?
If you are to become a millionaire, you need to start accumulating money.
Here’re some tips to help you: How to Become Goal Oriented and Achieve More in Life
3. Don’t Spend Your Money – Invest It
The reason you need to accumulate money is for step three. Millionaires tend to be frugal people, and that’s because they know the true value of money is in investing. Being your own boss goes hand-in-hand with becoming a millionaire. You’ll want to quit your regular job at some point.
Stop working for your money and make your money work for you.
Rather than buying yourself a new iPad, that $500 could be used to invest in the stock market. Find the right shares (more on that later), and that money could easily double within a year.
There’s not just the stock market — there’s also property, and your own education.
4. Never Stop Learning
The best thing you can invest in is yourself.
Once most people leave the education system, they think their learning days are over. Well theirs might be, but yours shouldn’t be. Successful people continually learn and adapt.
Billionaire Warren Buffet estimates that he read at least 100 books on investing before he turned twenty. Most people never read another book after they’ve left school. Who would you rather be?
Learn everything you can about how economics works, how the stocks markets work, how they trend.
Learn new skills. If you have an interest in it, learn everything you can about it. You’d be surprised at how often, seemingly useless skills, can become extremely useful in the right situation.
Start developing the habit of learning continuously: How to Create a Habit of Continuous Learning for a Better You
5. Think Big
While I advise to start off with small goals, you absolutely should have a big goal in mind. If you have a business idea, then that is your ultimate goal – to start that business and make a success of it. If you want to invest your way to millions of dollars and do little work other than research, then that is your big goal.
There is no shame in not achieving a big goal. If you run a business and aim to make $1 million profit in a year and “only” make $200,000, then you’re still significantly ahead of most people.
Aim for the stars, if you fail you’ll still be over the moon.
6. Enjoy the Attention
To be successful, you have to be willing to promote yourself and enjoy the attention to a certain extent. Now the attention doesn’t need to be on yourself, it could be on your brand, but attention definitely attracts money.
Never be embarrassed to get your name out there. That means finding a spotlight and being brave enough to step right up underneath it.
If you run a business, try contacting the local papers. You’d be surprised at how amenable they often are to running a story about you and your business, and it’s all free publicity.
Above all, remember: You control your own destiny. Push hard enough for anything and you’ll get it.
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