There is a piece of exercise equipment I want to buy for myself. It costs over $5,000. I have the money and I could buy it for myself but I think about it as indulgent and unnecessary. I have lots of thoughts about all the other emergencies that could pop up and I stop myself from buying the equipment.
T-It’s expensive and I don’t need it
I want to be a person who buys herself nice things
I have the money
I’m going to need the money for something else – a new car, a tutor for my kids, a healthcare emergency
Exercise is good for my mental health
It’s too big to fit in my house, it’s too extravagant
How can I clean up my thoughts and take the drama out of the situation and just leave the facts? I want to make a clean decision to buy or not buy and stop playing mental ping pong.
It is not a fact that buying this piece of equipment is indulgent, necessary, or unnecessary. Those things are not facts. They are optional thoughts.
What if you buy the piece of exercise equipment simply because you want to and you like your reasons for it?
Our brains are really good at looking at everything that could possibly go wrong for us. This serves us when imminent danger is at hand, like a wild animal chasing you through the woods.
This is a purchase of goods. Some goods cost money. Money is a circumstance.
If there is no right or wrong decision, how do you think you would choose to think about it?
We love the “Decisions” resource located in Coaching Tools for literally how to make every decision in your life.