It can be hard to change habits. When it comes to changing spending habits and turning away from consumerism, it’s really tough. We’re bombarded with advertising wherever we go, there’s peer pressure to keep up with the neighbours, if we don’t have the house, the car, the clothes, we’re deemed a failure.
There are two ways of changing behaviour. You can decide you want to move away from something, or you can decide you want to move towards something. I have found it quite hard to make changes when my motivation is negative – when I’m desparate to move away from something bad. It builds resistance and anxiety and I end up getting stressed without changing anything. If I feel I’m denying myself something, it’s more likely to trigger the urge to splurge.
Having a positive idea about what I want to do seems to work better, but perhaps that’s just me. I try and think about all the benefits I will gain from simplyfying my life. These include being able to save money and stay out debt, having a peaceful and comfortable home, having more time to do what I love as I become more organised, eating more healthily and peace of mind. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, have financial hiccups and cooking disasters, but I keep in mind where I want to go.
So over to you – what’s your motivation?
Until next time, Tawney x