7 Essential Ingredients for Your Best Financial Recipe

7 Essential Ingredients for Your Best Financial Recipe

When my mother was forty-three, she was divorced after twenty-two years, and five boys – and I’m number two.

In the settlement, she received a lump sum of money. She lamented, “What am I going to do now? I have never had to make financial decisions on my own, and now I have this money and I have to make it last a lifetime!”

I asked her, “Well, what are you going to do now with your half of the settlement?”

“I am not going to make any financial decisions right now,” she answered. “I’m just going to put all my money in the savings account at the bank until I figure out what to do. I don’t know how to start investing, and I would feel like I’m investing for dummies.”

Years later, I realized that not making a decision was a decision. And it was not a good one.

Whether you believe the challenge of financial planning necessary, interesting or overwhelming, not creating a plan, is indeed creating a plan.

What are the essential elements of financial planning? What are the ingredients that you will need for your financial plan? There is more to financial planning than just how much money you have. The best plan for you contains so much more.

In order to create your financial recipe, you also have to look at these seven essential ingredients to create the best plan. To help all better remember them, here is a fun acronym. You have to start with A RECIPE.

A Desire to Leave a Legacy

Recognizing the Need for a Plan

Evaluating your Wants, Needs, Goals, and Desires

Courage For The Journey

Investments

Professional Management Team

Estate Documents Needed

 

A Desire to Leave a Legacy

When your assets transition to loved ones, this will be your last statement to them. They will remember if you transitioned love, knowledge and understanding, or if you transitioned angst, frustration and confusion.

Recognizing the Need for a Plan

How do I create my legacy? With a plan! We have all heard this before, if you fail to plan, then you plan to fail. The same is true with your financial planning. You must plan to succeed!

Evaluating your Wants, Needs, Goals, and Desires

Where do I start with my plan? Write down your goals and your dreams. Compare this with your wants and desires. Prioritize your bucket-list and you have just begun your plan!

Courage For The Journey

Even the best plans falter. We all know the world and the economy are unpredictable. But if the economy as we know it continues, then downturns really present strong opportunity. You have to have courage to capture that opportunity.

Investments

The best way to outpace inflation and increase purchasing power is with diversified investments. They are needed in your recipe and need to be understood.

Professional Management Team

Once you have your plan in place and have identified your goals and dreams, then you need to assemble your professional management team. Like sport teams need a coach to bring together all the strengths of the players, your team will bring together your unique bucket-list and coordinate a path to success.

Estate Documents Needed

The federal government allows us to make financial mistakes, which are in the favor of the federal government. Our legacy needs to be safeguarded, beneficiaries need to be named, trustees and various people need to be appointed to ensure that in life, as well as death, your desires are carried out. Without estate documents in place, this is unlikely to occur as you desire.

Now you have the essential ingredients for a well thought out financial plan, something Dave Ramsey would be proud of. My goal for you, while alive you live. Creating A RECIPE will help you live, well!

Shak Hill

Author of A Woman’s Guide To Financial Planning: The Seven Essential Ingredients For Your Best Financial Recipe

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