Are the Things You’re Buying and Doing Adding Value to Your Life?
Sometimes it pays (literally!) to stop and ask if the things we do and buy are adding value to our lives. If they aren’t, why are we doing them?
Often it’s because things have become a habit. And as we all know, once things become a habit, they’re pretty darn hard to change. They seem to slip into our subconscious and become a regular part of our lives.
That’s great if habits develop for things like exercising daily and drinking plenty of water each day. (Why doesn’t that happen more often?)
But it’s not so great if our habit is to pay the monthly cable bill without stopping to consider whether or not we even watch the channels we’re paying for.
Other times we do things because it’s the “expected” thing to do. Maybe society tells us we’re “supposed” to buy a new car when we graduate from college or get a better job, but does a new car really add any value to our lives? It can actually do the opposite, if we go into debt or have to work in a job we dislike to pay for the car. It’s good to keep in mind that we don’t have to do the things that are “expected” if they aren’t right for us.
Take a few moments and examine the things that you are buying and doing in your life. Are those things adding value? If not, what could you eliminate or change?