There is a universal truth in the world of finances: Everyone has the potential to maximize their wealth – and similarly to lose it all as well.

Admittedly, while it fair to say that those who are born with the proverbial silver spoon in the mouth might have an easier job getting to the money, it doesn’t mean that they are strategically equipped to make the most of their earnings and grow their income. Your wealth potential is connected to the mindset and money habits you develop in life.

The ability to generate wealth is not connected to the financial situation you were born in, but, instead has everything to do with the way you think about money. Someone who comes from a modest background and understands how finance works can enjoy a broader wealth potential than someone who might have more in their bank account, but fails to grasp the complexity of financial strategy. You can train yourself to grow your potential. Focus on erasing these costly misconceptions from your economic mindset:

Save What Is Left

Of course, everybody knows that savings are indispensable in modern life. However, there is more than one way to organize your saving strategy. Saving needs to be a planned activity in your budget. Planning ahead means that you can treat your saving funds like other expenses, alongside your utility bills and grocery shopping. Why does it matter? Because saving should never be an afterthought but a scheduled activity.

Setting up an automatic payment towards your saving account, for instance, can ensure you build the necessary capital for emergency costs. What this means is that you can secure a regular amount of money every month, which reduces the risk of taking on debt to tackle unexpected situations.

Action Steps To Consider:

  • Create a budget, even if that budget is simply on notebook paper.
  • Separate your expenses between fixed and variable, and take a hard look at your variable spending.
  • Take steps to cut your variable expenses each month and put the amount you save into a separate savings account.
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Good or Bad? Funding a Project With Debt

The idea of taking on a loan when your financial situation is not optimal can be daunting. You need to think of the long-term consequences of a loan.

Typically new debt is not a good idea unless it helps you get out of your existing debt faster.

New Beginnings

Unlocking your wealth potential is about looking past your financial situation to spend and save smartly. Always plan your strategy ahead.

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A version of this post was originally published on Accounting Accidentally by Ken Boyd of St. Louis Test Preparation. Photo by J W