If you are struggling to keep your bank account in the black, it may be because you lack a quality long-term financial plan. While it is important to have daily, weekly and monthly budgets, the secret to true financial freedom is to have long-range aspirations. Let’s take a look at why taking the long view is important to your financial success.
In many cases, simply having a goal to strive for will help you to change your ways. For instance, if you decide that you want to save $1,000 in the next six months, it forces you to think of ways to meet that goal. One possible way to meet that goal is to save $10 a week from each paycheck as well as put your upcoming bonus into a savings account. Whatever you decide to do, it will necessarily require you to reconsider how you view and value money.
Banks Look at the Long-Term
Regulations have banks and institutions looking at qualitative factors over at least 12 months. However, both qualitative and environmental factors can come into play when a bank makes a lending decision. By creating a long-term financial plan, you can address both types of issues and decrease your risk profile.
For instance, planning to save a larger portion of your paycheck may prevent you from paying your bills late. By paying your bills on time, you will see an increase in your credit score. Ultimately, lenders will be more willing to work with those who have a good credit score and the means to pay back a loan in a timely fashion.
Financial Habits Take Time to Develop
It is easy to open a savings account or commit to paying a bill on time once or twice. However, it can be difficult to constantly put money in that savings account or pay that bill on time until the entire balance is paid off. By taking a long-term view, you give yourself enough time to develop and reinforce good habits and drop bad ones.
It is almost impossible to improve your credit score, save up for a house or pay off your debt overnight. However, it is possible to accomplish those or other goals over a period of several months or years. On the road to achieving them, you will likely develop good financial habits that stay with you for the rest of your life.