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Napolean Hill is the author of one of the most famous books on wealth creation ever written, Think & Grow Rich. He argues that if you dream of becoming rich, then there is a very good chance that this will happen, which most of us would see as quite an exciting thought!
But what if it doesn’t stop there? What if you could think yourself fit too without the need for exercise? Although this may seem an appealing thought, not many people would subscribe to the notion that you can actually get physically fit by just willing it to be so. You need to develop good eating habits, have a training plan and then work hard to stick to it. There really is no other way or any shortcuts to success.
At Wow, we believe the same principles apply for financial planning. The reality is that you can’t think yourself rich. Very often people are guilty of “magical thinking”, which is the cross-your-fingers and hope for the best approach, believing that if you continue to work hard and grow your business, that one day it will all end in a big pay day for you.
This almost never happens. The best way to grow rich is to develop the habits of rich people. It is about your actions more than your thoughts. The positive news is that good financial planning habits and actions are not complicated…….and we have financial planners at Wow who are dedicated to helping you.
Here are our top 3 actions that are important for you to begin to develop which could lead you onto the road to riches………
The most important starting point is to know where you are now. You may already be as rich as you need to be and just don’t know it because you don’t have a handle on what you’ve got and what you are worth. Once you have done this, you need to understand where you want to go, and most importantly, how you will get there.
If you ran a business where your costs exceeded your revenue on a regular basis, you would pretty soon go out of business. The same principle should apply to your personal finances. One of the most powerful things you could do is to complete an income and expenditure assessment. If you don’t know where to start, Wow can help you with this.
You may think there are more important things to do than sorting through paperwork or reviewing old bank statements to see where your money goes. We disagree. By simply reviewing where you are, addressing income and expenditure issues and formulating a plan you could actually be more productive and it could be more financially rewarding than picking up 10 new clients.
As you can see, Financial Planning is not just about pensions, investments, interest rates or taxation (although these things can play a part) – the most important things to do are often the most simple.
Wow can help you to create a financial plan, analyse where your money is going and help you take action (and ultimately help you increase your wealth).