Money! Everyone wants it. Musicians have sang and continue to sing about it. Some idolize it. Some even die because of it. And by the way, that happens every day. In fact, it’s happening right now as you read this.
The lack of it, the desire or crave for it has been responsible for some of the worst crimes ever committed. It’s responsible for some of the worst action showing man’s inhumanity to man.
It ranks high up there with power and sex as one of the most coveted things by humans.
Some people can do anything for it.
Of course armed robbers do that every day. And do I need to mention drug dealers, prostitutes and their likes to make my point? No, don’t think so. You’ve got the point. And you know even you have taken drastic measures to get it at one time or another.
Needless to say, money is one of the most misunderstood things on earth, and yet one of the most desired.
How on earth is getting rich not a subject of study in school given the importance and ubiquity of money. It seems everything we do in life is in one way or another connected with money.
From when you are born, bills must be paid at the hospital. Before you were even born your parents had started spending money on you. And every step you go it’s money, money, money required all the way for one thing or another.
And for those unfortunate ones whose parents can’t find the money? Well, the unlucky ones get dumped by the road sides for the motherless babies units to cater for. Others who are lucky get to scrape by, going off to start selling for their parents on the streets as soon as they are old enough to carry some items about. That’s the modus operandi in most African states.
Now let’s talk about you and I. However you got here.
Maybe you are part of the luckiest few that were born with the proverbial “golden spoon” or even “silver spoon”, but you seem to have lost it.
Or you are not anything like any of these; you are living in a world of your own. But you still want to achieve your financial goals as this will make your life all the better.
Okay, here are 7 powerful habits you can develop that will help you achieve your financial goals:
Habit #1 Understand That Money Is Important But Some Things Are More Important
Some people make the mistake of putting money ahead of everything else. Don’t. Because it’s not.
You know that your life is more valuable to you than your money, right? Well, even time is more valuable than money. For the simple reason that when you lose money, you can make it back if you have the time but if you run out of time? It’s all over.
The right relationships are also more valuable than money. The right skills and wisdom will save your life even when money cannot.
Habit #2 Plan Ahead For Your Financial Success
As it is with every other important thing in life, succeeding with money requires that you have a solid plan going for you.
You need to plan how you will grow your money in the next one year, five years, twenty years and your life time. You need to also have a succession plan for the next generation. Yes, life is like a relay race.
For everyday that you wake up or set out for work, you should assess your progress so far. Where are you in the plan, and what do you need to do today to make sure your plan comes to fruition?
Watch out for the concluding part of this write up tomorrow, where we will cover the remaining five habits that will help you achieve your financial goals and on time too.