You know, I’d love it if you all thought I had nerves of steel and an iron will, but the truth is that I don’t. And while it has been mostly easy to save the money and downsize our possessions, there are times when my willpower is tested.
This week we got a catalog for Crate and Barrel. We don’t get many catalogs, but because we bought our couch there we are on the mailing list. And normally it goes right in the recycle bin. But this time I flipped through it and saw several things that caught my eye.
And we are selling the house, so it makes sense to stage it, right? And those pillows and bowls would look so perfect in the house. And we could use the cute bowls for entertaining, and (you can see where this is going)…
I think it goes this way for many of us. As long as temptation is removed we do fine, but the minute one of our old triggers shows up we get weak in the knees. We start negotiating with ourselves and justifying why we need something.
CLUE: You don’t need to talk yourself into things you really need. You just get them.
It makes no logical sense to buy something for a home I am selling, especially when all the possessions in it will be gone soon, too. But the lizard brain doesn’t recognize logic, does it?
The smart thing is to remove the temptation completely, which is why the catalog is now in the recycle bin and I’m writing a post to purge my demons.
What do you do when when temptation strikes?