Budget Hater

Keep It Rolling

Posted by Aaron Coleman
Jun 19, 2013

I recently heard a story about the first successful trip across the continent of Antarctica.  It is a well documented story about two teams attempting to be the first to ever reach the South Pole.  One team was from Norway.  The other was British.

The Race

Both teams had ample time to prepare.  Both teams were adequately funded.  Both teams were full of bright men and big dreams.  One team won the journey and returned safely.  The other team died in their attempt. 

The team that won was from Norway, led by an explorer named Amundsen.  And while there are many lessons to be learned from his historic conquest, I want to focus on one.  Amundsen believed in a simple to understand, but difficult to implement, discipline of maintaining a consistent and exact pace each and every day.  He believed that the successful conquest of reaching the South Pole would only be achieved by going 20 miles each day.  No more, no less.  He set a plan and they were to stay on that plan no matter what. 

In Amundsen’s case, they achieved their goal by consistent discipline.  At one point in the race to the pole, the weather was documented to be so horrible, the other team dug in stating that it was impossible to travel.  Amundsen’s team documented that same particular day in their journey as “most unpleasant,” but successfully completed their planned 20 miles.  One team said impossible.  The other team pressed on. 

On a much more pleasant day, they were cruising right along.  The team knew the end was in sight.  The team wanted to go farther than the planned 20 miles.  They had the time, the energy and the excitement.  Their wise leader said no.  Extending themselves further on one day would mean less energy for the next day.  The key to their success would be the consistent discipline of 20 miles – no matter what.

It’s the “no matter what” part that trips up most people on their march to financial success.  It’s so easy to take “a break.”  It’s easy to “get to it tomorrow.”  It’s easy to simply not set a plan. 


What are your 20-mile markers?  What disciplines have you let up on that are keeping you from reaching your plans?  Are you extended past a healthy point? 

Managing your money is a lifetime journey.  Of course, we all fall short of our 20-mile markers.  We also find ourselves extended at times.  But we all have the ability to reassess and reset.  A great place to start is by sitting down with your family and setting goals.  Establish your markers and set a path to make it happen.  It’s easy to get off track.  But with the right mindset, it’s just as easy to get back on track. 

Good luck in your 20-mile march.  Make it happen!

Aaron Coleman


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