Think about it, many decisions in our life have the potential to be ‘sliding doors’ moments, that can alter the entire direction of our life.
From a financial point of view, there are also such moments, and the choices you make will ultimately determine your financial future.
Let’s have a look at some of the key ones:
Buying a family home
Without a doubt, this is one of those decisions that will drive your financial future.
The size of your mortgage, how long it takes you to repay it, will impact the amount of wealth you accumulate for retirement.
It will also affect how much you need to work, your stress levels, the time you are able to spend with family, go on holidays…the quality of your life.
Borrowing for/Spending heavily on lifestyle
You might like a new car every couple of years and take out a lease or a loan. You may want all the latest toys, the nicest jewellery.
These are all micro-decisions that add up over time, and it creates a spending pattern/behaviour that is not easy to break.
The key here is to look at what you really value and what really matters, and then adjust your spending accordingly.
Taking ownership of your finances
You can put your head in the sand and live from paycheck to paycheck or take an active interest in your finances.
This doesn’t mean that you need make it your full-time hobby, because you can engage a financial adviser to assist you with this, BUT you do need to become engaged in the financial planning process, you do need to educate yourself and hold yourself accountable.
No one else is going to do it for you, so you might as well get started sooner rather than later. Time is your friend when it comes to securing your financial future.
If you need any assistance or want to organise a private obligation-free consultation, please reach out to me on 0432 885 295 or Yves@affluenceprivate.com.au