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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

9 Secrets of Achieving Financial Freedom - Part V

In this continuing series of the ‘9 Secrets to Achieving Financial Freedom’, today I’ll discuss the Secret of Financial Focus. One of the reasons that so many people struggle financially is they fail to give proper attention to their finances. Sure, they’re paying the bills and maybe putting a little money into their company’s retirement plan but that’s not enough to create financial success. The success of the Secret of Financial Focus lies in consistent attention to your finances. If you want to become financially free, how much time should you spend? In my experience, 30 minutes a day is adequate to significantly accelerate your progress towards that objective. Think about it. Your money is the ‘glue’ that holds your financial situation together. Most people will spend more time planning a vacation than planning their personal finances. No wonder so many folks are drowning in financial deep water. Realize that becoming financially astute is a process. As my wife is fond of saying, “Bloom where you are planted”, meaning start wherever you are and bloom from there. A logical place to start is to determine your ‘baseline’…by listing everything you own and owe. To access a form go to the Resource Center at www.WelchGroup.com; click on ‘Links’; then Asset/Liability Review. Next, educate yourself about the in’s and out’s of personal finance. Commit to spending 30 minutes each day learning about personal finance and investments. A good place to start is my ‘9 Secrets to Achieving Financial Freedom’, a free 30-day Internet course that will give you a good foundation from which to build. You can access it at www.StewartWelch.com. There’s also lots of information on the Internet and many great books on the topic.

Ok, I know this might not be your number one fun thing to do in life but each of us has a responsibility to be a good steward of our money. I love this quote from Sir Josiah Stamp, “It is easy to dodge our responsibilities, but we cannot dodge the consequences of dodging our responsibilities”. There’s a universal law called the Law of Attention which states, “What you put your attention (focus) on, expands”. Pay attention to your money and watch it grow. Consider thinking of your personal finances in a new way. Think of it as a business you own with the intention of growing it into a big business. If you really did have a business, it would get daily attention. So should your personal finances.

How would I cross-relate the Secret of Financial Focus to my own ultimate fitness quest…my personal goal of losing 20 lbs of body fat in 40 days? Simply drop the ‘Financial’ and insert ‘Health & Fitness’. I’m focusing daily attention on what I eat as well as exercise. For me it’s been focusing on one day at a time. “What do I need to focus on TODAY to move me towards my health and fitness goal?” Check out my results…then realize you too can use the Secret of Financial Focus to transform your financial circumstances. Or you can use the same concept to transform your own heath and fitness in just 40 days! For your fitness transformation, visit www.UltimateFitnessQuest.com.

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