My wife love lists. She’s always making them:
- Grocery Lists
- To-Do Lists
- Christmas Lists
The wish list.
For as long as I’ve known her, my wife has always kept a list of things that she wants. Once we got married we started a couple’s “wish list”. In fact we keep it on the fridge so we see it everyday.
Here it is:
- Leather Furniture
- Area Rugs
- Desk & Cabinets
- Bedroom set
- Water Softener
- Trip to NYC
- Vacuum Cleaner
Yes & No.
No – Actually this is a good motivating factor for us not to spend money. It reminds us that every time we spend money on something wasteful, it just delays us from getting to cross off one more item off the wish list.
I’m no expert on “The Secret” but I think I remember watching a part about a guy who put together a “dream board” which was made up of pictures of items that he really wanted. He’d then focus on them and POOF, he moved into his dream house. Obviously I don’t think that is going to happen to us (believe me, we tried), but our list serves the same purpose.
It helps keeps our eyes on the prize.
**Tangent** I don’t want it to seem like I’m mocking “The Secret” (even though I am). I do think there is something to “The Law of Attraction”, but I think a more realistic approach was given in another motivational book, “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. It’s kind’ve like HAPPY ROCK’s recent post about Seth Godin’s blog entry about effort. You have to work for things, not just wish for them.** end of Tangent**
But just to make sure that this list is a motivator for good behavior, and not bad. We added a new item recently that should help:
- Get Out of Debt!
What do you want? What is on your wish list? Sorry, but the Cubbies winning the World Series doesn’t count as a wish list…it needs to be realistic.
Until next time,