Apply these smart tips to shield yourself against financial sabotage.

Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemies when it comes to experiencing a more secure financial future. Many people set financial goals at the start of the year and have the best intentions to achieve them. But when the rubber hits the road, we allow these goals to be buried under the weight of our busy lives and other ‘more pressing’ needs.

Allow yourself to be brutally honest for a moment:

– Are you consistently not meeting your financial goals? Or not setting any at all?
– Are your accounts in arrears?
– Are you constantly paying bills late?
– Are you buying things you don’t need on credit and suffering because of the interest?

If you answered yes to some or all of these questions, it could indicate that you are sabotaging yourself financially and making decisions that are seemingly harmless but can have lasting consequences. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

By following these 5 key steps, you can overcome financial sabotage and embrace a better financial future:

Plan to reach your goals

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

This quote is so applicable to our finances. You can set the most wonderful financial goals, but if you don’t plan how you’re going to achieve them, you’re sabotaging yourself. A good way to create plans to achieve your short-, medium-, and long-term financial goals is to reverse engineer them. Move backwards from the end goal to the first step, and rope in your financial planner to help if you’re struggling.

Master the art of budgeting

Yes… You need a budget. You also need to stick to your budget if you want to succeed financially and control your finances. Understanding and effectively managing your income and expenses is crucial for sound financial management. Change your mind about budgeting and see how your finances will flourish!

Resist bad debt

Step away from the ‘Buy now’ button! Indulging in purchases beyond your means is dangerous and can trap you in long-term financial strain. So, instead of placing unnecessary pressure on your monthly budget, prioritise saving for what you need and want. It will cost you less and won’t add to your stress.

Be disciplined and practice delayed gratification

“Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.” Aristotle

Delayed gratification is the arch-nemesis of our instant generation. We want something, and we want it now. And while rewarding yourself for working hard is important, planning for these rewards in a way that aligns with your financial capabilities is much sweeter. Thoughtful planning ensures you can enjoy your rewards without extra strain on your finances.

Save, save, and save some more

South Africans are If you want to stop sabotaging yourself financially, give saving a prominent position in your life and budget. Doing so will ensure you can enjoy a more secure and prosperous future.

Adopting a mindful and disciplined approach to your finances is priceless in a world that celebrates instant gratification. By partnering with professionals, creating a solid plan, and committing to follow through, you can embrace a future of financial empowerment.

If you need advice or help to break free from financial sabotage and prepare for a comfortable retirement, mCubed Group is here to help. Members, clients, and participating employers of our retirement funds enjoy access to the best investment administration and advice, excellent service, and complete transparency for the best long-term results. Our fund-appointed FAIS-accredited financial advisors also help you to enjoy a safe, financially sound, stress-free, and prosperous retirement. Get in touch today and take charge of your financial future today!