Personal Finance: Another Perspective. Personal Goals and your Personal Financial Plan. Learning Objectives. A. Understand the role of personal financial planning in achieving your goals B. Understand the requirements of your Personal Financial Plan
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Personal Finance: Another Perspective Personal Goals and your Personal Financial Plan
Learning Objectives • A. Understand the role of personal financial planning in achieving your goals • B. Understand the requirements of your Personal Financial Plan • C. Understand what you want to accomplish in life • D. Know how to set real goals
Your Personal Financial Plan • Section I: Introduction • Get a 1” binder with a clear cover TODAY! • Get a family picture or one of you doing something you enjoy and put it on the cover • Personalize this binder with a heading, i.e. Personal Financial Plan of . . . . “ and make it yours • Get 10 tabs for each of the 10 sections • Label the tabs (use typed and not hand-written or numbered tabs)
Your Personal Financial Plan • Section II: Goals • Begin working on your personal financial plan • Short-term goals (1 year or less) • Medium-term goals (2-10 years), and • Long-term goals (10-80 years) • Your three top goals • Articulate and describe them as clearly as you know how • Answer the Question: “What does Heavenly Father want you to do or be?” • Write your epitaph
Understand the Role of Personal Financial Planning • What is the Purpose of Financial Planning? • Will Financial Planning help you make more money?
The Role Financial Planning(continued) • Why Isn’t Personal Financial Planning Easy?
The Role Financial Planning(continued) • What Can You Accomplish As a Result of Financial Planning and This Course? • What is our ultimate goal?
The Role Financial Planning(continued) • President Ezra Taft Benson counseled: • Plan for your financial future. As you move through life toward retirement and the decades which follow, we invite all . . . to plan frugally for the years following full-time employment. Be even more cautious . . .about “get-rich” schemes, mortgaging homes, or investing in uncertain ventures. Proceed cautiously so that the planning of a lifetime is not disrupted by one or a series of poor financial decisions. Plan your financial future early; then follow the plan. (“To the Elderly in the Church,” Ensign, Nov. 1989, 4.)
Questions? • Do you understand the role of personal financial planning in helping you to achieve your goals?
Understand the Requirements for your Personal Financial Plan • What is a Personal Financial Plan? • Is there a process to follow? • Step 1: Decide • Step 2: Evaluate • Step 3: Define • Step 4: Develop • Step 5: Implement • Step 6: Review
Step 1: Decide What You Want • What do you need to decide?
Step 2: Evaluate Your Financial Health • Why must you evaluate your financial health?
Step 3: Define your Personal and Financial Goals • Why must you decide what you want to accomplish in life?
Step 4: Develop a Plan of Action • Why is an action plan important?
Step 5: Implement Your Plan • How do you implement your plan?
Step 6: Revise Your Plan as Necessary • Why is re-evaluation of your Plan so important?
Your Personal Financial Plan • What will be do in this class? • Step 1: Decide what you want out of life • You will think about what is important • Step 2: Evaluate your financial health • You will develop financial statements • Step 3: Define your personal and financial goals • You will write down your goals • Step 4: Develop a plan of action • You will develop plans of what you need to do
Questions • Do you understand the requirements for your Personal Financial Plan?
Think!!!!!!! C. Understand What you Want to Accomplish in Life
Personal Goals (continued) Jessie B. Rittenhouse wrote: I bargained with Life for a Penny, and Life would pay no more, However I begged at evening, When I counted my scanty store. For Life is a just employer, He will give you what you ask, But once you have set the wages, Why, you must bear the task. I worked for a menial's hire, Only to learn, dismayed, That any wage I had asked of Life, Life would have willingly paid.
Personal Goals (continued) • What do you want out of life?
Personal Goals (continued) • The gospel gives us wonderful direction in our lives, if we will let it. It has made a major difference in my personal life • It has helped my family and me set our major goals within the context of the restored gospel
Personal Goals (continued) • President Ezra Taft Benson said: • Every accountable child of God needs to set goals, short- and long-range goals. A man who is pressing forward to accomplish worthy goals can soon put despondency under his feet, and once a goal is accomplished, others can be set up. Some will be continuing goals. . . Now there is a lifetime goal—to walk in his steps, to perfect ourselves in every virtue as he has done, to seek his face, and to work to make our calling and election sure. (Ezra Taft Benson, “Do Not Despair,” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 65.)
Personal Goals (continued) • Elder M. Russell Ballard said: • “I am so thoroughly convinced that if we don’t set goals in our life and learn how to master the techniques of living to reach our goals, we can reach a ripe old age and look back on our life only to see that we reached but a small part of our potential. When one learns to master the principles of setting a goal, he will then be able to make a great difference in the results he attains in this life.” (Preach my Gospel, Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2004, p. 146.)
Questions • Any questions on what you want to accomplish in life?
C. Know How to Set “Real” Goals • Decide What is Important to You
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • Divide Your Life into Key Areas • Family • School • Career • Retirement
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • I have found 6 areas that have helped me set “real” goals in my life: • 1. Determine what Heavenly Father wants you to do or be • 2. Seek Heavenly Father’s help • 3. Start with the “end in mind” • 4. Write down your goals • 5. Remember your goals will change over time • 6. Have some fun goals
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) 1. Determine What Heavenly Father Wants You to Do or Be
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • 2. Seek His Help
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • i. Read your scriptures
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • ii. Seek guidance through prayer
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • iii. Re-read your Patriarchal Blessing
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • President Ezra Taft Benson said: • Receive a patriarchal blessing. Study it carefully and regard it as personal scripture to you--for that is what it is. A patriarchal blessing is the inspired and prophetic statement for your life's mission together with blessings, cautions, and admonitions as the patriarch may be prompted to give... Receive your patriarchal blessing under the influence of fasting and prayer, and then read it regularly that you may know God's will for you. (Ezra Taft Benson, Ensign, May 1986, 43–44).
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • iv. Remember Father's and Priesthood Blessings
Stay Worthy of His Help (continued) • v. Attend the temple
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • 3. Start with the End in Mind
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • Next, pretend you have a year, a month, a day to live
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • 4. Write Down Your Goals
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • Once you have written them down, think about them
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • 5. Remember, Goals may Change
Setting “Real” Goals (continued) • 6. Have Some Fun Goals
Questions • Any questions on setting real goals?
Summary • Personal Financial Planning may not help you to earn more money, but it will help you to use your money more wisely. • It will help you become a wiser financial steward over the things God has give you and to use your agency better
Summary (continued) • 1. As part of your personal financial plan, think about what you want to accomplish. Put thought and prayer into it • This will probably the most important exercise you will do • Don’t short-change yourself by not spending the time • Don’t do it for me or the class. Do it for yourself!
Summary (continued) • 2. Think about your goals, what you want to accomplish, what it will take to accomplish them, and what can keep you from your goals. • Determine what you want to be remembered by. Write them down and begin to work toward them • List your goals in each of the areas: school, family, work, etc. • Then list your goals short-term, medium term, and then long term
Summary (continued) • 3. Take your three most important goals, and explain them in detail • Spend lots of time and lots of effort to describe them • You are building the plan for your future life • Don’t just make a sketch—make a real plan
Summary (continued) • 4. Answer the question—the really important and critical question: “What does Heavenly Father want me do do or be?” • This is a real key, for if you know what He wants you to become, and you become that, you can’t do any better in this lifetime • Have the faith that He knows best
Summary (continued) • 5. Write your epitaph (or short obituary) • What do you want to be remembered by? • How do you want to be thought of? • Write it down and have fun doing it • This will teach you not only how to do well in life, but hopefully how to enjoy life as well
Summary (continued) • 6. Get a binder with a clear cover TODAY! • Get a family picture or one of you doing something you enjoy and put it on the cover • Get 12 tabs for each of the 12 sections • Begin working on your personal financial plan • Determine your short-term, medium-term, and long-term goals • Choose your three top goals, and articulate them as clearly as you know how • Answer the question: “What does Heavenly Father want me to become/accomplish?” • Write your obituary (no minimum)