Don’t you just want what you want, now? Do you think that if you just had that new car, house or even life right now that all would be perfect? With the high speed pace we experience today it just seems natural to want everything else just as fast!
What we receive in an instant though never satisfies us for long. The novelty of it wears off as quickly as it came and then we find ourselves wanting something else. It’s a never ending cycle that leaves us dissatisfied at least, possibly financially out of control and ultimately unhappy.
“Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.” – Unknown
It took me a long time to get to this place in my life. So many of those things that I had to have immedately ended up undermining the one thing that mattered most to me, financial security. For years I justified the purchases because I could afford them or I “deserved” them. Then my job was eliminated and I faced not having the income and yet still having to pay for the lifestyle that I’d become accustom to.
If you find yourself in a place of wanting it now try one of these Simple Steps to gain a little perspective:
- Ask yourself if what you want is because it is the “hottest, “latest, greatest” thing on the market. If it is consider how long it has been in that position and how many times it’s be updated, replaced or improved. The more frequently that happens you know that when the next version comes out you’ll want it too. It’s up to you to decide if you’ll willing to spend the money now or tie up your credit.
- Ask yourself if you want what you want because someone else has it. This may not be limited to things and could including having a partner or position. While no decision that we make for ourselves is ever final it’s much more difficult to extricate yourself from a relationship or job. Make sure that you know what you are getting into rather than jumping in without learning as much as you possibly can.
- Ask yourself if what you want contributes to your dream or not. If it doesn’t then you need to decide if you want to sacrifice your dream for immediate gratification.
We get to live our lives the way that we choose… Make the choice that makes sense for you. Anything else is a sacrifice that you don’t have to make.