One of the barriers to success development is the inability to handle money. Money is a necessary commodity and if we do not learn to control it, it will control us. Even if you do not have a goal to be wealthy, you do need to learn basic financial goal setting to achieve your other goals. You will not be free to pursue what you really want if you are constantly dogged by financial worries.

Basic Financial Plan

Your first financial goal should be to draw up a basic financial plan. This is as simple as organizing your money to make sure you are not constantly running short. It is as basic as making sure your outgoings do not exceed your income. As basic and common sense as this is, most people who get into financial difficulties do so because they do not follow this simple rule.

Do A Basic Budget

The best way to organize your money is to draw up a simple budget so you know how much money you need to run your life. If you have not already done so, make a list of all the fixed costs you have to meet on a regular basis. By fixed costs, I mean the regular outgoings you have to make to cover such items as rent or mortgage; credit card or other loan payments; utilities; travel costs – to and from work. These are the costs you have to meet just to live and if you cannot meet them, you cannot run your life.

Emergency Money

Build an emergency fund, as this will give you security. The simplest way to do this is to set aside a percentage of your pay into a separate bank account. You should do this first. You have probably heard the saying, "pay yourself first", and so you should. If you do not do this you will be trying to save from what is left rather than putting aside the money first and living on what is left.

Set this up to happen automatically so the first money to come out of your pay is the emergency fund money. If your pay goes into a bank account you can set up a direct debit to have the 10 or 20 percent paid into a separate account. Aim to have 3-6 months income in that account. That way, if lose your job or if you are off work without pay, you will not fall behind and be forced to spend time catching up.

Keep It Simple

As you can see, this is not about complicated financial goal setting. It is about giving you the freedom to focus on your success development rather than having to stop and deal with financial problems. If you are forced to do this you will use energy you should be directing towards achieving your main goals. That's why your minimum financial goal should be to control your money so you can control life and concentrate on your long-term success.

Author's Bio: 

Financial goal setting is a basic element of success development. You will find more ideas on achieving success when you visit William Burnell has built and sold his own business, and he has run successful sales teams. He knows what it takes to set goals, stay motivated and achieve your objectives