A map is a wonderful tool. If you are lost or find yourself in unfamiliar surroundings, a map can be used to help you pinpoint where you are. Once you get your bearings, the map can be used to help you reach your destination.
A financial plan is not much different than using a map. Putting a plan together can help you pinpoint where you currently are with your finances. What are you saving on an annual basis? What is your total amount of debt? Once you get your bearings with your current situation, ask yourself, “Where am I going?” Incorporating goals into your financial plan allows you to have focus on a destination. Those goals can be both short-term and long-term, whether it is buying a new home in a few years, paying for your children’s college education, or looking toward saving for retirement. Is your current savings rate sufficient to get you where you want to go? A financial plan can help answer this question and help identify areas in your financial life that may need improvement. This allows you to make adjustments and help you get on track to achieve your goals.
Occasionally, you may hit a pothole before reaching your destination. The same holds true for life. You may experience an unplanned life event, such as a job loss, a death of a loved one, or a divorce. All of these events can have a major impact on your financial life. Updating your financial plan on an annual basis will help you redirect and stay focused on your goals, especially during an unforeseen situation. Life evolves and changes, and so will your financial plan. The main objective is to have that roadmap in place. It will be an important tool to use that gives you confidence as you meander down the road of life and it will be a crucial component to reaching your destination successfully.
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