Stop 4: How’s my Defense?

Offense sells tickets but Defense wins championships.– Bear Bryant

Defense is the most underrated factor for success in any arena. Every team, business organization, and financially successful person has to have defense to succeed. Your offense is what helps push you forward but the defense keeps you from falling back!

If you’re climbing the treacherous mountain towards your success vision it is important to be able to focus on making progress. Your defense allows you to maintain that singular focus. Without it for every inch you climb forward there is a shift in the gravel that causes you to slip down a few inches or even a whole foot. Once you slip on that climb two things happen:

  1. The ground you were holding on to is now weaker. This makes slipping again more likely. Every time you slip it becomes more likely that you will slip again and fall further each time.
  2. You begin to doubt your ability to pull through. Once you begin slipping you overly focus on slipping again. This derails your ability to make progress and leaves you exposed to making another mistake and slipping again.

If you’re not careful these two factors will build upon one another and your feet will be back on the ground in no time.

When you see climbers they give a great deal of thought to their defense. The goal isn’t solely to not fall off the mountain. It’s to maintain the progress they have already earned! This is where your financial defense comes in.

How’s My Defense?

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Stop 1: What is Success?

The first stop on your Roadmap to Success is to answer this question:

What is success?

Don’t look to the hacks over at Merriam-Webster for help here. Success has as many definitions as there are people on the planet. Every person has an idea of what success is and it is in stark contradiction to what others may consider it to be.

A reality TV star likely views fame as success but Daniel Day Lewis can barely be bothered to be recognized for his amazing acting. Success is deeply personal and until you’ve quantified what your success vision is, you’ll never reach it.

The first step in shaping your financial picture is deciding what success looks like. This is a fun step. Unlike your tweed wearing 3rd grade teacher I am asking you to daydream. I want you to close your eyes. Imagine someone you admire telling you that you’re a success.

What Does Successful You Look Like?

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