Able to Make a Response
There is a big difference between wants and needs; remember that. This past week, as I was working on the financial projections for the coming year I had some serious thoughts and I wanted the family involved in them. To launch my business last year I had to take on some debt and I wanted to look at the projections to see when we could get it paid down. I told the family that if we all pitched in and become responsible (able to make a response) we could be out of debt and be positioned for a successful 2020. It would require us to make multiple daily decisions about our spending choices. It would require us to make need based purchases and not want based purchases.
Consider what Seth Godin wrote in his blog over the weekend:
Do you have a chocolate problem or an oxygen problem?
“Run out of chocolate, and that’s a shame. Run out of oxygen and you’re doomed.
Sometimes, we overdo our reliance on chocolate. It’s better in small doses–too much and it loses its magic. And sometimes we confuse the thing we want with the thing we need…
If your day or your project or your organization focuses too much on finding the next piece of chocolate, you might forget to focus on the oxygen you actually need.”
You Can Do The Same
Everyday you make decisions based on Needs or Wants. What are you going to do? How will you live your life in 2019? How do you want to see December 2019; in panic or in excited anticipation for 2020? I have a goal in mind and I have the family on board! Let’s do it!