When we have a desire or a dream which is not yet fulfilled or we have not taken any step to fulfil it, then it becomes an incomplete cycle. Every incomplete cycle, in some way or the other, keeps troubling us from within. There is a continuous and constant sense of incompleteness. Financial goal setting, organising our personal finance, doing our tax planning in the beginning of the financial year, preparing for a meeting with a financial planner are incomplete cycles for most of us. Setting of financial goals influence the way we think and act, helping us to achieve our goals and turn financially competitive. In addition, writing our financial goals gives them a concrete shape to focus on achieve them. Let us have a look at how goal setting methods help. Here are some universal truths about financial goal setting that have helped most financially successful persons.
Most people have failed at financial competence, not due to lack of talent but loss of purpose. This is very true that once our financial goal is set, we start investigating ways to meet our long-term financial obligations. We start finding out interest rates in banks and companies, the rate of appreciation in gold and property, the appreciation in mutual funds, shares and stocks and the risk factors of each investment. Setting of goals diverts our mind effectively towards narrowing the financial difference towards our financial goals.
By setting financial goals we get the right direction to travel for fulfillment. It has been rightly said that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop and a devil’s mind brings about bad or devil results. So once a sound financial goal like being financially independent after retirement is set, our perception would be diverted in the direction to achieve it. This would apply to eliminating and rectifying failures in our financial planning like investing in penny stocks. This focus also enlightens our mind to possibilities of setting aside losses and reorganising our financial planning.
Desire is a motivating factor that makes fulfillment of financial goals a compelling reason. It is true for our beneficial goals would make us strive towards its attainment. Saving and investment for pleasurable goals like marriage of children, their higher education and financial sufficiency in retirement would definitely motivate us for achievement.
We all like challenges, for we aim to prove ourselves superior, and this applies to meeting challenges like financial goals. Setting financial goals like a comfortable retirement corpus makes us want to prove to ourselves that it is attainable. So we work hard to meet the challenges to prove ourselves worthy to others and ourselves.
Mind as a magnet
The mind gets attuned to good financial saving or investment opportunities with financial goals due to a state of extreme awareness. Our mind has the capacity to focus more on goals that we set in life, and this applies to financial goals too. We then find opportunities that we may not previously have found as our mind works with a different perception of attaining of financial goals. To conclude, financial goals are just like seeds sowed in all our minds. This goal in the form of a seed is nurtured with good financial opportunities that come our way. With the nurturing of financial goals (seeds) being important, we are motivated to avoid bad investments that could harm the growth of the financial tree.
The writer is director & chief financial planner, Holistic Investment Planners