Developing a clear objective can be the hardest part of the financial planning process. For example, clients often ask “How much money do I need to retire?” but can’t tell me what they expect from their retirement. A good financial plan is like a road map. If we know where we are and where we want to go, we can use the plan to determine the best route to get there. But just like a road trip, there are many options along the way. You may want to take the Interstate which allows us to go faster and has fewer opportunities to stop along the way. Or perhaps you would rather take the scenic highways and country routes; taking the time to sightsee and explore along the way.