As we launch into 2013 there are undoubtedly a number of people compiling their list of goals to accomplish. For many in our society this list of goals will include the search for love and desire for a healthy relationship. Let’s be honest, most people desire to have someone ‘special’ to spend their lives with so they don’t grow old alone. For others, 2013 will include the desire to improve their financial lives. Who doesn’t want to increase their monthly income while reducing their overall debt? Your love and money goals ARE attainable if you put the proper plan in place to begin your 2013 journey. Consider the following as you develop your Love & Money Plan for 2013:
- Figure Out Who YOU Really Are – Until you figure out who you really are, you’ll waste your life away trying to please and live up to the expectations of others. It’s a lot easier being who you really are instead of playing the charade of who someone else wants you to be.
- Surround Yourself with Good People – It’s often said that birds of a feather flock together. Surround yourself with people who have experienced love & demonstrate healthy marriages. You’re more likely to remain in the same situation by hanging out with the same bitter, unhappy people you were connected to in 2012. Be willing to let some people go! Remember, good people are generally associated with other good people, which may lead to a potential love connection.
- Be Willing to Take Chances – There are some things you will not be able to truly determine until you make a decision and take a chance. You may miss out on the love of your life by overanalyzing whether or not he/she meets ALL of the items on your list. Fortunately, true love has the ability to trump many of the items on your list.
- Know Where You Stand – It’s hard to assess what steps you need to take when you don’t know where you currently stand. Start by documenting your current income, expenses, savings & investments. Knowing these items will give you a great starting point for developing your plan.
- Set Measurable Goals – Decide what you would like to accomplish. The most common financial goals are increasing personal savings, paying off debt or investing for retirement. Don’t hesitate to consult a professional if you need assistance in any of these areas.
- Don’t Give Up – Life is continuously filled with uncertainties. You can never predict when a car will break down, the furnace will go out or another unexpected expense will arise. However, no matter what happens in 2013…STICK TO THE PLAN AND DON’T GIVE UP!
Although I can’t guarantee that you’ll find the love of your life in 2013. I can guarantee you’ll increase the pool of qualified candidates by following the tips mentioned above. Also, take comfort in knowing you’ll be in a better financial position by following the tips listed above and staying the course.