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Get Into The Habit Of Planning!

Aug 17, 2007
I am not used to doing planning for my personal life. Usually after a day of hard work, I want to sit down and relax. Since I perceive the task of relaxing is simple, I do not really plan what I want to do in my leisure time. I will simply do what I like to do at that point of time. As times past by, I have ended up with a habit of not planning for anything that I perceived as simple. But the moment that I perceived a task to be very complex and complicated, I will be forced to plan.

For example, if I want to conquer Mount Everest, I definitely need to have a plan. Why? This is because I feel that is a very difficult task to accomplish since I am just an average physically fit person. I will definitely need a lot of training and preparations. The plan must be very detailed and measurable in terms of progress. One part of the plan will focus on physical training to ensure that I physically fit before the actual trip to start scaling Mount Everest. Another part will be focus on the itineraries and equipments required for the trip. The next part will focus on gaining knowledge of the climate and the area of Mount Everest. The last part will be on the route to take for the trip.

In fact, each part of the plan can be broken further details. For example, the training part of the plan can be a training program that lasts 1 year. For the first month, I will need to run 10km and workout 1 hour in the gym everyday. For the second month, I will need to run 10km and workout 3 hours in the gym everyday. For the third month, I will need to run 10km and workout 5 hours in the gym everyday and so on. By end of 6 month, I must be fit and ready. I may start to conquer lower peaks first to gain experience. Based on the experience gained, I will revise my plan for conquering Mount Everest.

Conquering Mount Everest is like trying to be a millionaire when my financial health is just average. Thus, if I want to accumulate great wealth of one million, I will definitely need to have a financial plan as mentioned in the Rich Dad series. The plan will be complex and complicated since there are different areas that I need to train and prepare so that I can be successful in accumulating great wealth. What are the possible areas that I may need to look at?

Firstly, I must get myself financially educated on managing my own personal finance. If I cannot manage small money, then I am not ready to manage big money. This is like if I cannot complete running 5km in 30min hour, how can I possibly finish 10km in 1 hour?

Secondly, I must find a team of people to help or coach me so that I can achieve and accumulate great wealth. For examples, I will need a financial planner to help me with the financial plan. I will a successful mentor to coach me on how to be a successful person by changing my mindset and breaking my limiting beliefs. I will need a lawyer to advise me on legal matters so that I will not face the risk of losing money due to legal issues. I will need an accountant to advise me on accounting matters. I will need an insurance agent to advise me on insurance matters so that I will be protected financially.

Thirdly, I will need to gain experience by accumulate small wealth first. Using the experience gained, I will revise my plan and aim for higher goal. For example, I should aim to accumulate a wealth of one hundred thousands dollars as a stepping-stone to reach my goal of accumulating one million dollars.

Next, I will need to train up my mental health to face rejections and setbacks. Not everything works according to plan. There will be hiccups and setbacks. I must be strong enough to face such situation and continue to pursue my financial freedom.

As you can see, there are many possible areas to work and improve on. Planning is definitely required to achieve and accumulate great wealth. If I cannot plan and execute simple task well, I will not be able to plan and execute complicated and complex task well. Thus, I feel that it is important to get into the habit of planning as part of the preparation to achieve great wealth.

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Max Ng shares about his struggle for financial freedom at http://www.richdadsecrets4me.com
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