Make your lifestyle goals part of your financial strategy

Business Development Specialist - Ceebeks Business Solutions for GOOD
If you haven’t figured out your lifestyle goals for the future your financial strategy is like a journey without a destination.
When you’re creating a financial plan, it’s tempting to focus purely on the money aspect – for example, how much your weekly budget is, or how much your investments are likely to grow. But if you only plan the ‘how’ without thinking about the ‘why’, the strategy you choose might not be the best option for getting you where you want to go.
 
It’s worth stepping back and taking a look at the bigger picture with us at Ceebeks Business Solutions for GOOD. By considering where you see yourself in 5, 10 or even 20 years, you’ll be in a better position to work out the right financial strategy to match.
Lifestyle goals, not financial ones
The first thing to remember is that your financial strategy isn’t about making money, it’s about creating the lifestyle you want. So instead of saying you want to make X amount of dollars by 2030, think about what you’d like to use that money for.
When you’re setting your goals, take into account the various aspects of your personal and professional life. Depending on your situation, that may include your education, career, family plans, creative aspirations, hobbies and passions.
Different goals for different life stages
When it comes to your goals, think about the short, medium and long term. For instance, some of your goals might be achievable in the near future, like taking a holiday or trading in your car, while others might be for further down the track, like buying a new home or setting up a business.
You should also think about how your goals might change at different stages of your life. When you’re just starting out, your goals may include moving out of home and finding a job. After that, you may want to start a serious relationship and have a family. And once there are children in the mix, your focus is likely to shift towards paying for their education and putting savings aside for the future. Then later, you’ll want to be well prepared for retirement so you can enjoy the lifestyle you’ve worked hard for.
It helps to think of your goals as steps along life’s journey. By mapping out what you want that journey to look like, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying each step along the way.
5 tips for effective goal setting
1. Be SMART. Make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based. Each goal should have a realistic deadline and clearly defined actions for you to complete.
2. Break them down. Large, long-term goals may feel hard to reach, so it helps to break them into smaller sub-goals. So for example, if your goal is to start your own business, a sub-goal might be to enrol in a business class.
3. Keep a record. Research shows that you’re about 33% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. It also forces you to be clear in your mind about what your goals actually are. Once you’ve recorded your goals, keep them somewhere you can see them – it will keep you motivated.
4. Prioritise. Some goals may be more important to you than others, so it’s a good idea to consider them in order of priority. That way, you’ll know where to focus your time and energy.
5. Review. If your circumstances change, your goals may as well. By regularly reviewing your goals, you’ll be able to adapt your financial strategy accordingly if they change. And each time you achieve a goal, don’t forget to reward yourself.
Here at Ceebeks Business Solutions for GOOD we can help ensure your financial strategy is suited to your ever changing lifestyle goals and desired destination. Call us today!
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Chris Beks

Business Development Specialist - Ceebeks Business Solutions for GOOD

I love business and the ability to change peoples lives through them!

At Ceebeks Business Solutions for GOOD, we get up every morning to positively impact young families in business by making their businesses REALLY work so that we all make an even bigger impact together. The rewards that bring allow our team ('the fantastic five') to make small but powerful contributions to impact our local community, our country and the lives of those less fortunate around the world.

You see, something quite remarkable happens when we work together, for example, the gift of water is made when we prepare a tax return, the gift of a goat is provided when we help a new business start-up, the gift of shelter is forwarded when we organise a home loan. When we work together, we actually change the world!

I am a business development specialist with over 36 years experience, a CPA, an authorised representative of MyPlanner Ltd and a credit representative of Outsource Financial Pty Ltd. I have recently co-authored an International Best-Selling Book 'Legacy - The Sustainable Development Goals in Action' and am about to publish my first book - 'Chasing the Dream! - How to Grow a Business in these Amazing Times', host a daily blog/vlog on our small business Facebook community group page 'Chasing the Dream, and with our Team run a monthly event for small business owners called 'The Chasers Meet-Up', where a guest speaker presents a topic and tips and strategies are openly shared.

In 2015, our business won the Change GPS International Member Firm of the Year and in that same year, I was a founding member of the Global Accounting Movement - Accountants for Good. We were recognised in 2016 by Steve Pipe in his international publication - The World's Most Inspiring Accountants and Featured in "The LinkedIn PlayBook" by world-renowned social media strategist and consultant, Adam Houlahan. In 2017, we were in the Top 25 Most Popular Accounting and Tax Services Award for search4accountants, B1G1 Business for Good Top 100 Giving Businesses in the World and a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards. In 2018, we were an Australian Accounting Awards Finalist in "Community Engagement Program of the Year", a Semi-Finalist in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards 'South West TAFE & Deakin University South West Regional Achiever Award', a Nominee in the Victorian Regional Achievement and Community Awards 'Regional Development Victoria Business Achiever Award', and featured in the Top 25 Most Popular Accounting and Tax Services Award by search4accountants.

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