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I just wanted to write a whole post about the lies we tell ourselves. Actually, about the lies I tell myself. I find myself repeating a few phrases to myself when I am trying to justify a purchase. This post is really just me preaching to myself – but I thought I would let you in on the my thoughts :).
When I am trying to justify buying something I don’t really need at that moment, I tell myself, “Well, I’m going to buy it someday anyway!” I use this one a lot – and have just starting realizing what a lie it is. Even if I use this to persuade myself to get something I actually would get someday anyway, the amount I spend on a whim is usually always more than what I would wait to pay for an item. And, if I am using this logic, I am probably not letting myself wait to think about prices, compare deals, or question whether I really need it.
Last year I made several purchases that were large – and turned out ok. But, if I had waited, I wouldn’t have bought them. I am trying to learn to wait it out. Whims are our enemies, friends!
Another lie I use a lot is: “If I can’t have ___, what kind of life do I live?” I don’t use this on large purchases – but if I am wondering if we should go out for dinner, or if I need another Target run, I use this (faulty) logic. “If I can’t have a dinner out, what kind of life do I live?” The truth is, my goal is to live a very controlled and content life. I want to be able to be wise about purchases. I love it when I don’t act on whims and am calculated in my judgment. And, really? Is there a more obvious way to show we feel entitled? Yep. I didn’t think so.
So, leave a comment today and let me know what lies you are fighting. What kind of life do we live if we can’t fight together?