I’m writing a series of blog posts focused on financial vision.
Let’s get personal for a minute. Take a look at the last 100 financial transactions you’ve conducted. These transactions include debit cards, credit cards, checks, cash apps, paycheck deductions, investments, giving, and automatic drafts/payments.
What do your financial transactions reveal about you?
There are many words that can describe “who” we are when it comes to money: Giver, Taker, Saver, Spender, Wealthy, Broke, Investor, Earner, Giver, Debtor, Owner, and Manager are just a few. When you look at your financial behavior, what does they say you are?
Here’s the big money question: Does your financial behavior reflect who you want and desire to be?
This is such a monumental question because it is the vision question. It demands a heartfelt and thorough evaluation of where we are and where we desire to be.
I just looked through my last 106 financial transactions. We had 88 outgo transactions for a random assortment of bills like subscriptions, utilities, automatic payments, and gasoline. We had 2 giving transactions, 6 investment transactions, and 10 deposit/saving transactions. I would certainly like to have less outgo transactions. I’m happy to see the giving, saving, and investing transactions. They have not occurred by accident! It is the result of a clear vision that Jenn and I have for our lives and for the money we’re entrusted to manage. We have to fight for the vision every single day – especially with three children, a home to maintain, and the busyness of life.
What do your last 100 financial transaction reveal about you? I dare you to review them.
Do you have a vision for your money?
When you receive those precious Washingtons, Lincolns, Hamiltons, Jacksons, and Franklins, do you have a clear idea for the utilization of each one of them? Or is that money dead on arrival – doomed to be sent on their way without advancing you toward your life’s plans, hopes, and dreams – your Fully Funded Life?
Without a clear vision, it is highly likely that the money will disappear with little to no progress. After all, there are so many things competing for your dollars: Housing, Utilities, Kids, Food, Student Loans, Automobiles, Insurance, Gasoline, and everything in between! When we experience financial setbacks, which will occur often, it can be easy to just give in and give up saying soothing statements like:
- “We just can’t ever seem to get ahead financially.”
- “We’ll never win with money.”
- “I need to win the lottery.”
I encourage you to write down your vision for the money you’ll be receiving between now and the rest of the year. You’ve still got eight months to experience a massive shift toward your preferred financial future. One tool that has helped Jenn and I stay focused is a monthly budget. We always operate with a financial plan that looks out at least 12 months into the future (using this free annual budget template).