My son is a startling model of consistency.
I was recently reminded of this when “the boys” (my son & I) decided to go out of town for four days without Mom. It was the first time being away that long, but also the first time I got to spend time exclusively with my son for so many days.
It didn’t seem to matter to him that we were anywhere else but home—he was still waking up every single morning bright and early, at 6:00 AM. The concept of “taking the day off” or “sleeping in” is simply foreign to him.
I instantly thought to myself—if we could only treat our money with the same kind of consistency, we would have a lot less spending problems and debt in this world.
Think about it…
The last time you let yourself indulge on something, large or small, what was the reason? If you’re like us, it was probably because “it was the weekend,” or maybe “you were on vacation,” or perhaps “it’s Joe’s birthday.” The list is endless, but the concept is the same–
We see special events (and we can make almost any day special) as a reason to pause our good habits.
What would my 1-year old do with money?
- If he spent it like he sleeps, he would be incredibly consistent. He might spend $7 today and $8 tomorrow (just like he wakes up at 6 or 6:30 every morning), but he wouldn’t blow a $50 just because it was a weekend.
- He would put away his first dollar every morning toward college, instead of counting what was left at the end of the day, or looking at how much allowance he got.
- He would insist that his financial life work around his needs, instead of conforming to the latest trends, events, inputs…
What’s your model?
Have you ever found an inspiring model of consistency? How do you keep yourself on the right path every day?
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