574. Simple

Did a fun experiment from StevePavlina.com – “Simple Abundance Mini-Challenge”:

So here’s the challenge. It’s actually really simple.

Could you identify one little way to spend some extra money that would feel a tad lavish or luxurious but that you could still easily afford?

Could you lean just slightly in the direction of spending money on something that you’ve been talking yourself out of, just because you’d appreciate it if you did spend the money?

Is there some expense that would be relatively insignificant with respect to your income or savings that would add a little bit of value to your life?

Is there some simple area where you’re blocking yourself from spending money, such that not spending the money may be repeatedly distracting you because you keep thinking about it?

Where do you tell yourself, “Well, I don’t really need this; it’s an unnecessary luxury”? Where do you say, “I can buy this when I have more money” even though you could easily afford it now? Would it actually be nice to have it now? Would it enhance your life in some small way? What small expense could you indulge in that wouldn’t meaningfully impact your finances?

Is there anything you could identify? If so, then the challenge is to buy it. Buy it now. Spend the money. Go out to a store and get it. Order it online. Just buy it. You can actually have it, you know, so why block yourself? It already exists. It’s been created. It’s here for you to enjoy and appreciate, so go claim it.

Buy it with a desire to lean into a more positive relationship with money. Just for the moment, set aside any worries about scarcity. Set aside any conspiracy theories about money (even if you’re convinced they’re true). Just spend a little bit of money on something you’ll like.

Then see how you feel about it afterwards. If you feel good about it, then say thank you to money for helping you get what you wanted. Actually say aloud, “Thank you, money. I appreciate it!” Then also appreciate what you just purchased. Cherish it. Treasure it. Value it. See it as a symbol of your positive and flowing relationship with money. A physical object is a great purchase here because every time you see it, you can regard it as a symbol of prosperity. Let it serve as a constant reminder that you have enough.

If you regret the purchase afterwards and if it’s something you can return, then go ahead and return it. Wait for a better spot, and try again with something else. Don’t settle. Get something you’ll actually appreciate.

Here’s what I find most fascinating about this. Very often when I do this type of challenge (which can be done at any income level), the money I just spent comes back to me soon afterwards, like within a day or two. And usually it comes via some unexpected pathway. It’s like the universe says, “Oh, you can have this for free. I just wanted to see if you were willing to let yourself have it.”

When it comes to building a more positive relationship with money, we always have to take the first step. Money is a bit shy in that way. But when money sees that we like it and appreciate it, it tends to let its guard down and play back at us.

My challenge was buying the latest Photoshop. I had been wanting that for a long time, but I felt I could not afford it – exactly because it was an unnecessary luxury.

I could use it for art. I had really wanted to use it for art. But … no.

So I went to the Photoshop buy-page and looked over their plans again – and discovered that their cheapest plan actually contained the apps I wanted.

But I had overlooked that previous times when I checked it out. I thought I had to get one of the more expensive plans to just get Photoshop CC (the ‘Single App’-plan). Turns out that plan is mostly more expensive because you get extra cloud storage.

In reality the Photoshop CC + a couple of extras could be bought for half the price I thought I had had to pay previously.

An “unexpected pathway” indeed LOL

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