There is a biblical saying that goes something like ‘to those whom have much, more will be given’. You may have heard this framed in other ways like ‘you need to have money, to make money’, or, ‘the more you have, the more you get’ Imagine for a moment that it’s a very hot day and you have Little Miss 3 wanting you to buy her an ice-cream. But not just any ice-cream! She wants the whopping, 3 scoops, mega sized ice cream cone that is almost bigger than her sweet little face. She is very insistent and so you succumb to the purchase.
Through squeals of delight, she takes passionate licks of the heavily laden cone which is already starting to melt into a puddle down her arm. Before you know it, bammmm …it ends up on the floor. Through tears and tantrums, Little Miss 3 demands yet another triple scoop cone. Quite frankly it’s obvious. There’s too much ice cream, it’s too hot, and she’s too little to handle it that mega cone effectively.
The same goes for money. Before you can tackle the colourful triple scoops of cash, you need to learn how to handle the smaller amounts first. Once you can demonstrate to the Universe (and most importantly to yourself) that you can competently control the smaller amounts, you can be trusted to handle larger amounts.
Where do you start? Let’s be clear. I’m not asking you to be a total scrooge!! Life is all about living – I totallllly get that. So, here’s a little ‘3 scoop’ formula that will make a heap of difference. It will set you up with some new habits which will give you more control on the smaller amounts – the single scoops of icecream. We’ll tackle the 3 scoops later.
Start with STOP
If you are a spender who thinks, ‘oh it’s only a couple of dollars’ then I want you to STOP. Now don’t go getting me wrong. I’m asking you to stop and THINK. There’s a lot of purchasing that we do very unconsciously. Bring yourself into a ‘totally present’ mindset before you get to the checkout and ask yourself these questions
Do I want this?
Do I really need this?
Do I have to have this?
Am I just buying this out of habit?
Am I buying this because I am feeling emotional about something else?
Notice what comes up for you as this will start to give you clues about your buying patterns.
There is no choice when you are unconsciously buying. Your behaviour is totally being driven by your habits and belief systems towards money. By making the conscious effort to STOP and THINK, you are bringing your awareness to why you are spending money. Then, and only then, can you truly choose. You choose to spend and deal with the consequence of the money now being gone. Or, you choose to save it for something that will ultimately have a greater value to you.
Start to “Grow Your Money Wings’
By adopting the ‘Stop, Think, Choose’ philosophy you are now entering into a very powerful position of gaining control over your money. I guarantee that these little shifts in your behaviour will result in incidental savings. And although these savings may only be small amounts, when leveraged over multiple purchases in a week they will rapidly add up. And as you build consistency, it won’t be long before you are saving yourself anywhere from $10, $20, $50 to $100/week just on incidental purchasing without really even trying too hard!!
The beauty about this simple formula is this
Go to it gals