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7 Ways to Apply Risk Management to Your Personal Life

7 Ways to Apply Risk Management to Your Personal Life

Risk management is everywhere in business, but what most people don’t think about is that risk management is also in our daily lives. Every choice we make has a consequence and a reward.

I recently sat down to speak with Ffx Academy founder, Patrick Kenney about ways people can apply risk management in their personal lives.

So, this is what I learned and what I want to pass on to you:

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1. You should surround yourself with the proper individuals

Surrounding yourself with people you can trust puts you in a place where risk becomes minimal. It puts you in a place where you have some control instead of no control. Being able to have some control over your surroundings and your environment helps downplay the risk(s) you take in business, especially since risk is inevitable.

2. Educate yourself in whatever it is you are doing

If you are educated in whatever you are doing, then you are lowering the amount of risk because you have a lower chance of making the wrong decision. There won’t be much setback because you either have a general idea about what you’re doing or what you’re trying to accomplish—even when something bad does happen, you have the knowledge to fix it.

Usually, worst things happen when you don’t know what you’re doing.

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3. Only listen to the people who have what you want

If you’re trying to be a good basketball player, don’t go to the person who’s never played basketball in their life. Go to someone who is where you want to be at and get them to teach you how to get there. There’s a few people out there that are perceived to be good until you figure out that they’re only perceived as good.

You need to find someone that is legitimately good at what they do in the area you want to be in; that way you minimize risk of taking advice from someone who has never done it before.

4. Understand you can’t have the good without the bad

In life, there’s no way you are going to be happy every single day of your life. You are going to have bad days and good days. It’s inevitable. But don’t let that stop you. Just knowing that it’s a part of life will minimize your risk of having mental breakdowns or making irrational decisions.

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With business, if you make a lot of money but have bad money management and you don’t think about investing, saving, taxes or expenses, then you are heightening your risk and can put yourself in a deeper hole than you were initially in.

5. Remember to enjoy the little things in life

People can be so stressed about becoming the next big thing that they forget to enjoy the little things in life. This might be the ultimate risk of them all because if you focus your entire life on working and not living you can end up missing out on a fulfilling life. It’s important to slow down and take the simple things in because we don’t get a second shot at life.

6. Risk is generated by character

If you’re an unethical person and step on people’s toes you have a higher risk of setbacks when you’re trying to accomplish something because you have more people out to get you. Even if people aren’t out to get you, they sure won’t want to help you. But if you’re a genuinely good person then of course their first thought isn’t to come and get you. In fact those people will push you further to your goals and help you get there. They will connect you with those you need to connect with.

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7. Don’t overthink it

You probably have been told to think long and hard about making the right choice. But too often you may find yourself overthinking about something that’s incredibly simple. You may overthink it and find all the possible bad things that can happen and then end up not taking the risk. Risk management is not solely on minimising risk. It’s also about taking them too!

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Last Updated on April 3, 2019

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

How to Nix Your Credit Card Debt in Less Than 3 Years

Debt is never a fun thing to be in. But, there are many actions that you can take that will help you rid yourself of the burden of debt once and for all.

By coming up with a set plan, eliminating your debt can feel much easier than constantly thinking about it.

This post will provide some tips on how you can do this to help you nix your credit card debt in less than 3 years.

Hint: there are ways that are easier than you think.

1. Consider Consolidating Multiple Credit Cards If Possible

This may not be applicable to you, but if you have multiple cards – it is something to consider. Keeping up with multiple bills is time consuming.

It will depend on the balance you have on each. Consolidate ones you can but do not do it to the point that you get too close to the maximum limit. Also, it is ideal to pick the card with the lower interest rate.

Consider if there are any fees or alternatively, rewards, with transferring a balance to another card. Watch out for fees. Note that some cards offer rewards for transferring a balance to them. This is extra cash that can help go towards paying off your debt.

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Having one or two cards can make nixing your debt much simpler than keeping up with the balance of a bunch of cards. Keeping track of paying the minimum towards a bunch of cards is time consuming. Spend the time to consolidate instead to make the overall process simpler going forward.

My tip: Have one main credit card. Have a second one that you use for necessities – such as groceries or gas – that offers rewards for those purchases (a lot of cards do) and set the second one on auto-pay. You should be able to pay off a smaller amount on auto-pay if it is a necessity. If you think you cannot, then you may need to cut down a lot on expenses.

Why do I suggest doing this? Having one thing set to auto-pay is one less thing to think about. One less thing to waste time on. Same idea with consolidating to one main card. Tracking down too many is a hassle.

2. Try to Pay the Full Balance You Spent Each Month at the Very Least

You need to pay off the amount you are spending each month when that bill comes in. This is the amount you spent THAT month.

Do not let the debt keep accruing while you work on paying any unpaid debt that has accrued. It will become a never-ending battle. Try as best as you can to be current on paying for each month’s expenses when that month’s bill comes out.

If this is a strain, consider why. You may need to cut expenses. Or you may need to consider other cards. Or look at where this money is going.

3. Pay Extra When You Can – Every Small Amount Counts

This cannot be emphasized enough. If you are looking at a lot of credit card debt, it can look daunting, but each extra amount that you can put towards the debt will really add up – no matter how small it is.

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It does not just reduce the principal amount that you have left to pay off, but it reduces the amount that is collecting interest. You will always save money with that reduced interest.

4. Create a Plan on How to Pay Extra

Back to the main point, having this plan is giving you one less thing to think about.

This plan should be a plan that works for you. If it does not work for you, your spending habits, and your views on debt, then it will not be an effective plan.

For instance, if a set plan of an extra $50 (or another amount that you know you can afford) works for you, then do that. Set that aside every month and pay that extra amount. Treat it like a bill. Choose an amount that works for you and pay it like clockwork as though it was a bill you had to pay each month.

Little amounts will not nix it entirely, but they will help tackle it and having a set plan can make it less of a chore. Creating a new plan of how much to put towards it each month is an unnecessary added stress.

5. Cut out Costs for Services You Do Not Use

If you are signed up for subscriptions that you do not use because of some free trial or for some other reason, cut it out. Your overall financial position will look better.

In turn, that will make cutting your credit card debt easier. Look at your statements to find these expenses. If you do not use them, you may forget you are paying some unnecessary amount each month. Cutting it out can really add up in savings that you can put towards other needed expenses.

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6. Get Aggressive About It

Consider these points:

Depending on the interest and the level of debt, you may need to give up a few indulgences. For example, instead of ordering delivery or going out to eat, cook at home. Everything adds up.

Other things may be more of a sacrifice. It may be a trip you wanted to go on, or a daily latte habit you’ve picked up. In these instances, consider how important it is to you and if it’s worth the sacrifice. And if it is a costly expense, think whether you can wait to indulge.

Cutting an extravagant expense can really help make a dent in your overall debt. Try not to add to debt when you are trying to pay it off. It will be a never-ending battle. Make it less of a battle with these tips and it will feel easier.

Bottom line: Do what you can to make this process easier for you. Implement steps that do this. It takes time now, but will help overall. Also, keep track of your spending and paying down of your debts. Which is the next point.

7. Reevaluate Your Progress at Set Intervals

Doing a regular check-in can help you see your efforts pay off or maybe indicate that you need to give this a bit more effort. If you check every 3-6 months, it will not feel so much like a chore or feel so daunting.

By doing this, you will be able to better understand your progress and perhaps readjust your plan. Bonus: if you see it pay off, it will feel great to do this check-in. You will get there.

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Finally (and most importantly)…

8. Keep Trying

Do not get discouraged. Pushing it off will make it worse. Just keep trying.

Once your debt becomes lower, each monthly payment will reduce the balance more. Why? You are paying less towards interest. It will be a snowball effect eventually and it will become much easier to manage. Just get to that point. And know once you do, it will feel easier and motivating.

Start Knocking out Your Debt Today

The best way to eliminate debt is to get started right away. Begin by implementing the above steps and watch your debt just melt away. Try out some of the above strategies and see what works best for you. Soon you’ll be on your way to a debt free life.

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