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We take inspiration from Sir Edmund Hillary – Perseverance

Sir Edmund Hillary – Conqueror of Mt. Everest

“I have very modest abilities. Academically I was very modest. Mediocre perhaps, and I think perhaps physically I did not have a great athletic sense, but I was big and strong. But, I think maybe the only thing in which I was less than modest was in motivation. I really wanted very strongly to do many of these things and once I started I didn’t give up all that easily.”

We believe this quote from Sir Edmund Hillary is very apt when it comes to financial planning. It has been obvious to me in my 18 years in the finance business that many individuals and businesses are lacking in a quality to persevere. Like a new years resolution, someone’s financial plan can last as long as the summer snow.

In our business, we believe fundamentally in the power of a well orchestrated financial plan that can be adapted and developed to help you achieve as you move toward your financial freedom in the future.

We recognize the tremendous achievements of Hillary’s feat in climbing Mt. Everest as the culmination of many years hard work and preparation. Like another quote when asked how did he climb Mt. Everest, he replied “with the first step”!

Take the first step today to your financial freedom, and call us to arrange an appointment to create your own financial plan.

Perseverance: “No great achievement comes without obstacles: physical limitations, the vagaries of nature, or resistance from the outside world. Although our achievers sometimes met with failure, they never abandoned their dreams, but doggedly persevered until they succeeded against the odds”

Tips for Persevering

Clarify your goal

Base it on your mission/passion, needs and abilities. Know why you want your goal and how you and others will benefit. State your goal in the present. Write desired outcomes, what you want to accomplish. Be detailed, specific, and positive.

Intend to achieve your goal

Outline goal, strategies and timeline. Know resources that can help you attain your goal, such as people, associations and the Internet. Break the goal into small steps, working backward form your desired outcome and achievement date.

Develop support systems

Meet regularly with positive, encouraging people who support your goals and celebrate your achievements. Select other sources of positive reinforcement such as books or tapes with uplifting themes.

Choose productive attitudes and behaviors

Don’t dwell in the past, worry about what might happen or view your-self as a victim.

Maintain optimism

Reinforce the positive in yourself and others. Expect good things. Watch self-talk. Replace negative thoughts or statements with positive ones. Keep a diary of each day’s good experiences.
Focus on what you can do. Acknowledge your accomplishments. Judge your accomplishments against personal standards of self-improvements.
Have the courage of your convictions. Don’t change for others or compare yourself with others.

Develop the will to risk

Don’t fear mistakes. Ask: ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ Decide whether you could live with the worst or take steps to reduce the chance of it happening.

Research your goal to reduce negative outcomes

For example, interview successful people who have achieved similar goals. Learn from their mistakes. Live in the present.

Don’t worry about what might happen

View mistakes as opportunities to grow.
Let go of attachments. The more attached you are to something, the greater the fear of losing it.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

Care for your mind, body, emotions and spirit. Schedule quiet times to think and reassess. Practice stress relievers such as deep breathing, exercise, meditation. Get sufficient sleep, eat healthy. Take time for fun and friends.

Practice imagery

Imagine yourself living your goal today. Hold your desired outcome firmly in your mind. See, smell, touch and hear aspects of your goal. Each morning upon rising, review your goal. Repeat the process at night.

Persist - Focus on goals daily

With every “no” of defeat you’re closer to a “yes” of success. If you learn from set-backs and stay on course, success will follow. Every day, at regular intervals, ask yourself whether your activities are helping you attain your goal.
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