Have you ever watched a hamster running in a wheel? All that running, all that effort, day after day after day … But the poor little thing never really gets anywhere.
Many of us feel the same way about our money.
More specifically, people feel that way about the work we do to get that money. We spend forty hours every week on a wheel, running after a paycheck. And then, first thing Monday morning, we’re back on the wheel, and the whole cycle starts over.
Many people just keep repeating this cycle, over and over, until they finally retire. They think that stepping off the wheel just isn’t an option because they have bills to pay, ongoing living expenses, and a dream to be “financially set” before retiring from work.
How much is enough?
These are all persuasive arguments that keep people on the wheel. And the hope is that someday, you’ll be able to stop running and enjoy the fruits of all that hard work.
Unfortunately, more often than not, “someday” never comes. There’s always another dollar to chase. But for what? Is having more and more money, in and of itself, something that you really value? Does having more make running on the wheel worth it?
The wind in your sails.
At the end of the day, your money is not the shore we’re sailing for. It’s not the sea you’re sailing on. It’s not even the boat you’re steering.
Your money is the sail. It’s the tool you use to get where you want to go.
And the wind in that sail is your values.
Just like a good sailor learns how to maneuver the sails to catch the most wind, aligning what’s most important to you with your financial resources is the key to successful financial planning.
So instead of asking yourself if you have enough money, or if you will run out of money, ask yourself a better question:
Am I managing my money in a way that’s improving my life?
I don’t want you just to “have enough money.” I want you to live the best life possible with the money you have.
That starts with:
- Thinking about what’s really important to you.
- The people whom you love.
- The causes that are dear to your heart.
- The activities that keep you feeling fit and full of energy.
- The hobbies that put your unique skills to their highest uses.
- The opportunities for learning and self-discovery that enrich your understanding of the world and of yourself.
- The wisdom that you will pass down to your children and grandchildren so that they live their best possible lives as well.
We believe that aligning your financial plan with these values is every bit as important as reviewing your superannuation or managing your investments. Come in and see how our interactive tools can you help plan for your whole life and get more from your money than just more money.
The team at Endorphin Wealth Management is happy to assist with helping you achieve a positive outlook on your financial situation.
For an obligation free discussion, call us on 03 9190 8964, or schedule a meeting at endorphinwealth.com.au/contact/