Destiny: a word wrongly understood by most, howbeit, well-known to many. Unlike the conventional belief of the majority, destiny is not really a fixed plan handwritten by one supreme being, which must be fulfilled no matter what happens; even if the bestowed made zero efforts to “fulfil his/her destiny”. Maybe that’s what you hold on to, no problem. Good Luck. (However, you don’t need me to tell you before you know that even if GOD destines you to be wealthy, and you retain POOR habits, behaviours, and actions; you will never be wealthy! FACT!)
That said: “financial destiny” is not to refer to a “DEITY-BESTOWED-UNCHANGEABLE-WILL-THAT-WILL-HAPPEN-IRRESPECTIVE-OF-YOUR-ACTIONS” kind of Destiny. But, what you “CREATE-FOR-AND-BY-YOURSELF…” kind of destiny. In this case, you are THE G . O. D. creating YOUR DESTINY, by every step you take, beliefs you hold on to, actions and inactions, decisions and indecisions.
Of course, I’m proudly a believer in the existence of a supreme and all intelligent and all-knowing being popularly called GOD, and also believe in destiny (from God); but in a different sense, which I’m not about to discuss here.
The purpose of this article is to show and guide you; HOW TO CONTROL YOUR FINANCIAL DESTINY.
Firstly, note the word “CONTROL”. So, your financial destiny is what you can control. Secondly, just as I had pointed out earlier, your financial destiny is what YOU MAKE IT TO BE.
Okay, before I continue, I’d like to give a more contextual definition of “financial Destiny”
Financial Destiny: Your financial future, your future net worth, your future wealth status
It doesn’t matter who you are; whether you are a novice, a business owner or an investor, your financial destiny is yours to control. You are the captain of the ship in this story and no one can be more trusted with your financial future than you.
1. Financial Education
It takes a “foundation of working knowledge” to build wealth. The journey to financial freedom is one that begins with education. Before you can control the reins, you must know how money works, how investing works and how to manage your resources. You can not assume the position of ‘captain’ if you do not know how to sail a ship. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something more about finances. There is so much information out there that is ready to used by you. “With some simple knowledge of proven strategies, you can build wealth on your own” ( Dale Gillham ).
2. Know Your Goals
Remember that this is a journey, you have to know where you are going to. At every point in your life, you have to map out where you want to be financially. Financial freedom can not happen in a day. It is a process of achieving one goal to the next; goals that are realistic. Goal setting gives you a clearer picture, and it is a good motivational tool.
3. Make A Decision And Stay Determined
The main reason why the poor and middle class remain where they are is because they are not determined enough. They hold on to the thought “they can’t”. To control your financial destiny, you must first decide what it is you want. Then you must stay determined till you attain freedom. Our tomorrow is based totally on our choices of today. Some of your financial choices might produce mediocre results, some might give us momentum and confidence. However, whether or not you reach the point of financial freedom is dependent on your determination to get there. With determination, you can even surpass those who had a head start.
4. Take Action
Controlling your financial destiny is more than knowing investment strategies. It is about knowing how money works and taking the proper actions in response. You can not just shelf your knowledge and expect that it would bring results. You can read all the books in the world but what would really count is what you did with your knowledge. Whether you have thousands or millions, take action today!
5. Protect Your Capital
Protecting your capital should be your priority. Many traders and investors often allow themselves to be concerned more about the profits than risk management factors. Remember that financial freedom can not happen in a day.
- By leveraging on others,
- Seeking returns on your capital,
- Avoiding bad debts,
- Selling even when you do not need to buy
These are ways you can protect your capital.
6. Master Your Emotions
If you can control your emotions well, you can control your financial destiny. Emotions like fear only slows down your financial journey. Learn to handle your finances from a detached perspective. Be strict when it comes to getting emotional with money. Emotions are liabilities in finances. More often than not, they lead us to debt.
7. Master Time
Timing is crucial in everything we do. Once you have mastered time, you have mastered it all. Understanding supply and demand, knowing what and when to invest in, understanding trading trends and more are ways you can master time. Also never be in a hurry. Hurrying leads to lack of control over yourself. Be patient with yourself and the market you are invested in. Mastering time assures your absolute control of your financial destiny.
Financial freedom however, is a choice, not a dream. Anyone can become rich. Money doesn’t remember socioeconomic status or race. Anyone can be financially free. Your financial destiny is yours to control. Yours.