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Have you ever watched a child about to try something new and a little bit scary?
I remember encouraging my daughter to jump off the dock and into the lake for the first time. It was priceless – it was like she was walking in place, trying to muster up the courage to take the leap. She would make a false start, bending her legs and leaning toward the water, only to pull back at the last second because it was too unnerving for her.
So often, fear is paralyzing, isn’t it? We see it all the time, and it’s not just physical feats that are scary. Buying that first home, deciding between two job offers, starting a business, investing when the market is down – these are all big decisions that can leave us breathless and in need of a little encouragement to push forward.
Back to my daughter on the dock. What eventually moved her to jump? I went into the water and gave her the option of landing beside me. With the sense of security that provided her, she took the leap, and she hasn’t looked back since!
The reality is that we all need a little extra encouragement and security that comes from having someone on your side who can see things you can’t, and who has been down the path and come out on the other side.
Who do you rely on to provide that sense of security when the big financial decisions come up? Hopefully they are in the water, telling you it’s safe to jump!
Tim Hansen, B.COMM., CFP Certified Financial Planner
"If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." — Sir Isaac Newton