What has more power, a resolution, a goal, or a commitment? You can “resolve” to go to Atlanta some day or have a “goal” of going to Atlanta, but if you make a “commitment,” well, that’s different. If I ask you about your plans for the weekend you’re supposed to go to Atlanta, you’ll say, “Oh, I’m going to Atlanta that weekend.” And THAT is THAT. You’re committed. You know you’re going. There’s no doubt. You don’t make contingency plans in case you don’t make it to the airport. No. You WILL be at the airport.
So, lets make a commitment. Let’s make 10 commitments — all to your own financial success. By making these “commitments,” well, you’re committed! So, let’s MAKE them!
1. Commit to spend less. Spending less is the first commitment that you’ll need to make to insure your personal financial success. Actively SEEK ways to spend less. Commit to discovering ways to save money.
2. Commit to earning more. What areas of your life could produce more income? Could you find ways to generate more money? Commit to asking for a higher salary. Commit to starting a small business that will put more cash in your pocket.
3. Commit to having adequate insurance. Life, medical, disability, automobile, and homeowners insurance all are needed to protect your assets. Commit to having the adequate amount of insurance so that you don’t lose everything in one fell swoop.
4. Commit to investing wisely. Don’t chase returns or fall for scams. Invest in things and companies you truly understand, that have a moat, that have great managers in charge, and that are priced on sale with a margin of safety. If you don’t have the time or inclination to research individual companies, admit it and stick with index funds or reasonable ETF’s.
5. Commit to using free money. If your employer offers ANY type of company match on a retirement plan, use it. Other areas where the money is free are coupons, cash back credit card reward programs, and other programs with free money.
7. Commit to educating yourself. Educate yourself in your occupation. Educate yourself as a form of insurance if your job is in jeopardy. Educate yourself on investing. Educate yourself on money. Educate yourself on your credit score. Educate yourself just to expand your mind and keep your brain from turning to mush.
8. Commit to avoiding high interest credit. No matter the source, high interest debt is a financial killer. You cannot get ahead if you’re paying someone else high interest rates to use their money…especially if you’re buying “stuff.”
9. Commit to learning to negotiate. Negotiation isn’t just for unions and management, it’s for employees and job candidates, it’s for car and home buyers, for buying washers and dryers, and kitchen remodels, and many other items. If you can spend 30 minutes negotiating a savings of $50 on a single item, you were making over $100 (since you’re paying with after tax dollars), so learn some negotiation skills.
10. Commit to giving. Giving is like planting seeds. If you want to harvest love, what do you plant? Love. If you want to harvest friends, what do you plant? Friendship. If you want to harvest money, what should you plant? Money. Giving releases you from the love of money and allows you to be a blessing in the lives of others.
Make these commitments. Decide that this is where you’re going and that no matter what, you’re going to arrive.
Note: This post was included in The Carnival of Personal Finance #161 at Budgeting Babe. Thanks!
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