Researchers have found that people who create concrete mental pictures of their goals are more likely to save money for them. Here's the story of one woman who looked into her own crystal ball, got a clear vision of what she wanted, and implemented a financial strategy that allowed her to achieve it. DailyFinance's Laura Rowley shares the lessons learned along the way.



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November 18 2011 at 4:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dr. Jason Cabler

It's absolutely right that you have to have a vision for your future if you want to achieve it. That goes for careers, family, money, retirement, etc. Once you have the vision of your future that you want, you have to make sure you don't sabotage it by making dumb mistakes. It can be very easy to get off track if you're not careful.

I just posted an article about how to keep from ruining your future by taking money from your 401k to pay off your debt entitled "Drunken Sailors and 401k's". You can find it here: http://www.cfinancialfreedom.com/CFFwordpress/?p=710

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Hopefuul the future doesn"t include hope and change two. We've had QE1and QE2 hope and change two
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--------how can we have a vision of the future when it's virtual?
and when our dollar is based on nothing?
and congress keeps changing the rules daily?
just wondering?

November 14 2011 at 11:33 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
gmydogbud

I do believe in having a vision of the future and here's why. Growing up my sibling and I were poor, we lived from hand to mouth, family and friends gave us used cloths and many times food. There was no reason for us to have lived that way except, we had one parent who was an alcoholic. Neither my sibling or myself have a college education, one because in our day those who were not gifted intelluctually , were told that they were NOT COLLEGE Material and the other because there was no money to do so as bills had to be paid and there had to be food on the table, etc.. Both of us had dreams of owning a home, car and living a life we could enjoy. Well neither of us earned a lot of money however we had our dreams to keep us going. While neither of us is a Millionaire - Yet - and are not dripping in jewels or drive fancy cars and are not able to vacation, we both however have lovely homes which are paid for and do not have credit card debt. We both believe in giving a hand to family and friends. We have found that every kindness, whether it be a smile or a kind word or buying a person a cup of soup or coffee does come back to you one hundred fold. Also we believe that if and when we do something for someone, we then forget it and never mention it again, either to that person or to anyone else. We thank God for every blessing we have received. Years ago we read the following: God, You do the thinking and We'll do the work. We have done our best to keep it going! We know how hard life IS because we have lived it - but what ever you do - Don't - Give - Up! Trust in God and Trust In Yourself!

November 14 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
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chris1011

Good for you! You did well.

November 14 2011 at 12:35 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
scottee

how can we have a vision of the future when it's virtual?
and when our dollar is based on nothing?
and congress keeps changing the rules daily?
just wondering?

November 14 2011 at 9:06 AM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply