The Rewards of Summer Camp

In July 1987, I headed to Loysville, Pennsylvania to participate in the annual week-long summer camp for Boy Scouts of America.

Being a relatively new addition to Troop 87, I didn’t have a lot of seniority in our group. Everyone was a lot bigger and more experienced than I was. I thought camp would be an opportunity for me to grow and learn, and become more respected in the local clan.

As luck would have it, the first part of the week felt like a nightmare. I was constantly harassed by bigger scouts from neighboring troops, I couldn’t figure out how to do some of the basics to earn merit badges, and I even got stung by a dead wasp in the swimming pool. In the evening, I would go to sleep swatting mosquitos or trying to avoid huge spiders or other bugs sharing the tent space with me. As far as I was concerned, life was coming to an end!

Parents’ Day was mid-week, and my Dad came to visit and check on me. Needless to say, I wanted to go home immediately. After some back and forth, my Dad said I was going to stay the rest of the week.

What? I was in shock. Dad is supposed to be on my side. I can’t stay. I can’t do this. Why would he make me do this?

But my Dad just gave me a wink, and said “You’ll be okay.”

The next morning when I woke up, I remember having a feeling of serenity. There was something different. I’d made a mental shift. All of a sudden a few more days at camp didn’t seem like a big deal anymore. I ended up having a great rest of the week, completing everything I’d originally set out to do. This included earning new merit badges for promotion.

When I think back to my time in Boy Scouts, that experience always comes to mind. It was an important life lesson.

Decisions are important way points in our lives. They are also the most impactful when it comes to change. I’m not talking about half-hearted decisions. “I promise I’m going to lose weight this year!” How many times have we said that to ourselves? I’m talking about decisions that you are truly committed to. There is no turning back from a real decision. You are going to make it happen, no matter what.

Once you’ve made a decision to change, you actually feel more certain and serene about the outcome. You know with certainty that you will achieve it. This is the impetus that carries the successful to great heights.

This weekend, I want you to ask yourself some questions. What are your financial goals this year? Have you really made the decision to achieve them? What can you do to truly commit to these goals? After hearing me out, my Dad made the decision to have me stay at summer camp. He didn’t give me a choice. I had to make it work. How do you create a similar framework for yourself?

If you want to take your financial certainty and success to the next level, I can help you directly when you join my membership program. We’ll develop an outstanding plan to prepare for your financial future. We’ll also get you motivated to really commit to achieving your goals.

Don’t forget to pick up copies of The Money MissionTax Saving Strategies and The Blended Retirement System.

Have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you again very soon!

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