With one month down in 2014, how are you doing with achieving your wealth goals for the year? If you aren't where you want to be, keep these tips in mind.
TIP #1: Good Investments Aren't Good Enough
Are you winging it in your wealth strategy? In other words, are you taking action without a strategy to support the action?
For example, buying gold because it seems like a good investment, or buying a rental property because it seems like a good investment.
What makes an investment a good investment is how it works toward the goals in your wealth strategy. Simply making an investment because it seems like a good investment isn't enough — what will it do in your wealth strategy to achieve your wealth goals?
While it is great to take action, there needs to be a strategy behind the action so the actions lead to the results you want.
Winging it in a wealth strategy can set the wealth strategy behind by years — even decades.
TIP #2: Move Your Wealth to the Top
Letting your wealth strategy slip as a priority is something that can often sneak up on us.
For example, let's say you have a goal to invest in a rental property and have a plan to look at prospective properties this month.
However, when you get the call to go look at the properties, you're in the middle of running errands, or too busy with work, or need to finish a project. The list goes on and on. Looking at properties gets put on hold and your wealth strategy quickly falls off track.
There is always something else to do if your wealth strategy is not a top priority.
TIP #3: Avoid the Extremes
Taking it to the extreme means you have no balance in your wealth goals. You are trying to go at a speed that no one can possibly sustain — and that means a lot coming from me because I like things to move fast.
The challenge with going at an unsustainable speed is it all too often leads to crashing and burning, and that can be devastating in a wealth strategy.
Set reasonable goals and make your wealth building part of your everyday life.
TIP #4: Your Friend's Wealth Strategy is NOT Your Wealth Strategy
I've had people share with me many times that they made an investment because their friend (neighbor, co-worker, colleague, etc.) made the same investment.
What works for someone else will not necessarily work for you.
Your wealth strategy must be specific to you based on your likes, your dislikes, your family, your goals, your dreams, and your financial situation. To maximize the results of your wealth strategy, it must be customized to you.
TIP #5: Get Your Team in Place as Quickly as Possible
I always share that the 3 most expensive words in the English language are “Do-It-Yourself.”
The road to achieve your wealth goals is not always a smooth one. In fact, it is common to hit several bumps along the way.
Those who have a team are less likely to get off track when they hit that first bump, or maybe they make it to the second or third bump before turning around. Navigating with an entire team supporting you makes the process much smoother. [For example, working with a full-service investment property provider can provide you with an entire team of people.]
Build a team around you to support you and help you achieve your wealth goals.