Steps To Building Wealth : Financial Freedom

By: Trish Davies

Your Financial Freedom Day!
It is the day when you have enough assets that pay for all your expenses now and in the future. The quicker you identify your financial freedom day the better. It does not have to be 10, 15, 20 or even 30 years down the track. It is not unrealistic to have a Freedom Day of between 3-5 years. 

7 Steps to Financial Freedom
It is the day that you can travel with your family when and where you like with no restrictions, afford the home you want, put your children into the schools you desire and teach your children there are no limits.

  • Financial freedom is having an asset base which generates the income to not only meet your needs but to create a lifestyle that you dream of. You do not want to be relying on anyone for your financial freedom, the government, your employer, your partner, your husband, your family. Financial freedom changes your life!
  • How do I set a financial freedom day? How do I achieve fianancial freedom? Ask yourself At what age would you like to be financially free?

    To achieve financial freedom you need a system.
    A proven, step-by-step, time tested system that will get you on the path to building wealth. 

7 Steps to Financial Freedom
This system is called 'Building Your Wealth Cycles' comprising of 7 fundamental steps to building sustainable wealth. All entrepreneurs have a system to build wealth. 

1. Financial Conditioning
One of the first areas that must be looked at is your mindset with regards to money. Your mindset is a result of your financial conditioning, you must be aware of your conditioning and the impact it has on your potential to create wealth. You must be able to make the changes necessary to bring money and wealth into your life. We have been conditioned about our money beliefs from a very young age from people around us that loved us very much, like our parents, grand-parents, teachers, coaches, peer support leaders and other family and friends. They only know and understand what they have been taught about money from the family that raised them.

Start to think about the language that was used in the home when your were growing up. Was it 'money doesn't grow on trees' or 'no, we can't afford that' or 'Do you think we have a money tree growing in the yard' or 'I'll put that away for a rainy day' or 'Money isn't everything' and finally 'Money is the root of all evil'.

These are just some of the beliefs that have been handed down generation to generation in countries all around the world.

We encourage you to sit down and write down some of your beliefs around money. Also, ask your children whether they hear your limiting beliefs around money and what are they.

2. Financial Baseline
Your financial baseline is all about identifying where you are right now with your finances. You must take a look at the reality of your present financial situation. Start today, from where you are right now. It might be a little scary or fearful. You cannot get to where you want to go without knowing exactly where you are today. Start asking some very basic questions like How much money do you currently earn? How much money do you spend? For how much, and to whom are you in debt? Do you have anything set aside in savings?

Just remember, what you did yesterday, last month and last year does not have be indicative of what you are capable of doing in the future. The most important thing you can do is take stock of where you are right now!

Also, how do you keep your financial records. Do you keep things in a shoe box and only empty it out once every year. Do you have piles and piles of paperwork everywhere. Do you have a filing system set up? If you don't have your finances organised then you will not have a good clear picture of your financial baseline.

3. Financial Freedom Day
Millionaires always have a plan. They determine their financial goals and take action to make them happen. Your Financial freedom Day is the day when you've reached your financial goals. To determine when your Financial Freedom Day is you need to know what your vision is. Your vision is a picture of how you want to be living sometime in the future. In order for you to be motivated and move towards your vision it must be exciting, realistic and must never compromise your valuues. You must also excercise no limit thinking. There are 3 things you need to clarify in order to declare your Financial Freedom Day. They are your monthly cashflow, your total net worth and the day, month, and year that you want this to occur.

4. Managing Your Lifestyle Choices
Managing lifestyle is all about managing your debt levels. It is about creating a debt elimination plan that will eliminate credit card debt. There is good debt and bad debt. Bad debt is debt associated with lifestyle choices. It is where you're using your income to increase your liabilities. Good debt is debt that is acquired through the purchase of assets, assets that are then invested to produce passive income.

5. Foundation of Your Wealth Cycles
A wealth cycle is a process whereby you are paying yourself first before paying anyone and anything else. This ensures that money is being allocated to your asset column. It is something that is ongoing and the purchasing of assets does not just happen once. A wealth cycle also includes an understanding of entity structuring for the purpose of protection and tax. You must also make a decision about the type of investor you are whether you are active or passive. You must also develop some money rules and stick to them.

6. Acceleration fo Your Wealth Cycles
This is all about education. You must educate yourself in the areas you want to invest whether it be stocks and shares or real estate or international securities or commodoties or collectibles. Seek mentors and coaches that specialise in those areas of wealth creation.

7. Leadership of Your Wealth Team
No-one creates wealth without a team around them. No more 'Lone Ranger' you must surround yourself with team. Leadership of you wealth team is one of the most under-discussed areas of leading your wealth. Make no mistake, you are the leader of your wealth team, whether you realise it or not. Your job is to inspire, motivate, hold and communicate the vision to all of those on your team.

Creating Sustainable Action
Keep taking action each and every day. You must every night right out a list of revenue producing activities. You must work towards your Financial Freedom Day, every day. Even if they are small action steps it does not matter.

Expand your knowledge in these 8 fundamental steps through education, mentoring, coaching and acquiring specialised knowledge and it won't take you long at all to achieve levels of wealth you never thought was possible.

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