Your future is created by what you do today In 2014, I was keen to plan for my retirement. I was not sure how to go about. As you are aware, our current jobs do not provide any pension and thanks to the medical advances , people ending up living much longer than our predecessors. Therefore a significant portion of our life, we would be living and not earning.
One of the common questions that investors ask me - where should I invest my money ? Fixed Deposit is giving a paltry return of 5 % . Is there any other investment avenue where I could get better return than this ? If you are facing a similar dilemma in this time and age, you are not alone. The answer is simple and it requires a process to be followed.
I have been recently reading this book called Power of Habit which gives great insights on human psyche. Habits have a profound say in our day-to-day lives : The decisions we take, How and why small wins matter ? The cue, the routine, the reward Can we change our habits ? Michael Phelps, Tony Dungy, Claude Hopkins all have something in common. They all created habits which made them successful.
Monitoring helps you determine exactly when a goal is on track. It provides you a feedback which incorporated allows you to make rectifications and therefore achieve your goals which you have laid out earlier. Feedback is important as it could tell you whether the path that you have chosen to achieve your goals is correct. It is a vindication of some sort. A reality check. It gives you an opportunity to correct your deviations and take you towards your goal.
What are goals ? As an individual / family, you have a vision or a personal objective/s that you would like to meet in your lifetime . Some / all of these objectives may need to be financed . Therefore having a goal makes sense. Goals have to be SMART . Create a plan to achieve your goal Execute the plan. Examine results of your execution.