Basic Four Step Plan for Your Money In Case You are Worrying

by David Ning · 6 comments

The last few weeks reignited fears that our wealth will disappear in the stock market.  In fact, many people have been wondering how they can meet their long term financial goals if every asset class seem to be losing value.

For those still pondering, I want to point you to an idea that I just heard on TV – the one page miracle.

The idea is basically for you to write down your goals for your health, wealth and relationships. Everyday, you read through the page and ask yourself one question. Is what I’m doing getting me closer to my goals?

If we apply this to our financial situation, we will realize that:

  1. worrying about our wealth doesn’t make the list
  2. hoping that stock prices would magically go back up doesn’t qualify
  3. neither does complaining to everyone and their pets about what your net worth was at the end of 2006.

Worrying for Nothing

Let me tell you that I’m not somehow immune. I sometimes hope that my 401k balance will go back up. I worry about whether I can afford to buy a house someday and I worry what living in America will mean as we ratchet up our debt on a national scale when the problem originated from excessive borrowing at an individual and corporate level.

I do realize though that doing all that doesn’t help me one bit in reaching my goals, so let’s just stop that. Let’s work on it together and stop worry, hoping and complaining okay?

Doing Something About Your Financial Goals by Going Back to the Basics

If you are still with me by this point, start by doing a few of the following about our money.

Instead of worrying,

  1. Figure out an asset allocation plan that makes sense for your time horizon that doesn’t take into account recent performance (ie have a long term view if you have years to go before retirement).
  2. Put together how (and how often) the portfolio will be rebalanced.
  3. Determine how future income will be added to your portfolio.
  4. Write it down and stick to it.

Pretty basic and nothing you haven’t heard of huh?  The bad news is that most of you have never put a plan together even though money relates to so many facets of your life.  The good news?  There is absolutely nothing complicated about it because otherwise, no one could ever get it right.

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marci March 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

Sounds like one of my mottos: Gratitude not resentment.
Focusing on the positive may just change one’s attitude to the good.
Nice post.

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Debbie Lacy March 4, 2009 at 3:23 pm

Your post reminds me of a favorite quote: It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength. (Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

To your on target suggestions, I’d add:
1. Figure out exactly what you’re afraid of and ask “Is it true right now?” Challenge the beliefs that fuel your fears.

2. Feel the fear, but keep it contained. I recommend a 15-minute daily freak-out for those who feel like fear takes up too much space in their lives. Instead of letting your fear leak out throughout the day, you get 15 minutes and that’s it.

3. Connect with your vision. Where there’s fear, there’s excitement. What are you excited about when it comes to money?

4. As they say, “feel the fear and do it anyway.” Take action. The ones you’ve outlined will do nicely. Or, make up your own list of “must do” steps to get you on track with money.

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PerfectMOney Share Idea March 4, 2009 at 11:27 pm

for me the only thing to stop worrying the financial is stick with the income maker and broaden my subject to “learning investment”learn something new about “how to start business with ease”learning “SEO`s for dummies stuff,is my redemption to take my focus away from the red zone to a greener one.for me worrying about financial wont change a thing.the best way to survive is “keep running”keep moving”

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Mathew day March 5, 2009 at 6:02 am

It’s all about planning. Everything would go well if it is well-planned. Especially if it’s about money. So if everything is well-planned then things would be smooth for your pockets. Of course, with that planning, you should anticipate the things that could ruin your plans.

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Play Games Win Prizes March 6, 2009 at 1:54 pm

I’m totally worrying about whether my wife and I could be happy in the future if I do not find a decent job to help her :(

You don’t have to worry though, David, someone will buy this blog sooner or later for a few million ;)

-Mike

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Witty Artist June 2, 2011 at 1:13 am

Worrying is useless and time consuming. Better make a plan and stick to it with a positive thinking. And besides, fear can be eliminated only if directly confronted . Money will come if we know what we want regarding it. :)

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