The Definition of Stress

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By Trevor Hammond

I recently shared this with my team:

Stress is the gap between what we expect and what actually happens.

When you constantly compare your results (the “actual”) with your expectations (the “ideal”), you will continue to find yourself frustrated and losing confidence.

So how do we counter this?  Yes, we must set expectations.  And I talk a lot about setting BIG goals that excite you and even scare you.  But once we place that stake in the ground to define where we want to go, we must learn to measure ourselves and our progress by how far we’ve come.

This means, rather than constantly comparing where you are today to where you wish you were, you must instead “turn around” and compare to where you were yesterday, last month, or even last year.

Celebrate your progress…often…while pursuing perfection.  (Aspire Rule of Play #14)

About Trevor Hammond

As a veteran of the mortgage industry, Trevor Hammond is the co-author of "Borrow Smart, Retire Rich," a Certified Mortgage Adviser and a founding Faculty Member and Contributor to the National Institute of Financial Education ( And he has provided thousands of homeowners with the clarity and confidence to make smarter decisions when it comes to their mortgages and money. In 2013 he launched an entirely new kind of mortgage company: Aspire Mortgage Group, which is committed to educating and empowering homeowners to increase savings, eliminate bad debt, and safely increase net worth. The specialized group of mortgage professionals at Aspire Mortgage Group have redefined what homeowners should expect from a mortgage company. To learn more about Trevor Hammond and our team of mortgage advisors please visit our website at or email Trevor directly: Aspire Mortgage is a Sierra Pacific Mortgage Partner.
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