Trade The Journey

Trade The Journey

To Spend or Not To Spend!

Finally, I had finished the day and was on my way to the gym. The gym serves as my church, sanctuary, and temple. To me, your physical well-being is as important as your emotional and spiritual health.


On my way to the gym, I charge my earphones, make sure I have my gloves and prepare my pre-workout drink. Of course, I don’t complete all of these activities when driving, but I am completing a mental checklist.

My pre-workout mix is an essential part of my workout, and without it, well, I’m afraid to imagine a workout. I usually mix the pre-workout with a bottle of water, but I forgot to pack extra water.


Two Choices:

Fill an empty water bottle at the gym with tap water and mix the pre-workout there.


Purchase a Gatorade at a local gas station and possibly gain an extra Gatorade for the next day.


The gas stations regularly offer a two for one deal on Gatorade so in a sense I would be saving money. Two for one isn’t a bad deal; I’ll have an extra Gatorade for the next day.

As I got closer to the gym, the urge to purchase the Gatorade became stronger. I envisioned myself taking a sip of the frosted flavored Gatorade and feeling reenergized or was that Micheal Jordan.


Just veer to the right, and I almost did.


Although this experience was similar to the other purchases I had made during the day, this experience was different. I consciously noticed what was happening.

Fighting the urge conjured up conflicting thoughts. I noticed the rational thoughts that made purchasing the Gatorade a logical decision. I also saw the thoughts that fought the purchase.

I held out and proceeded to the gym to complete my workout. I mixed pre-workout with the tap water at the gym. It wasn’t ideal, but it worked fine.


Heading home, I remembered the Gatorade but brushed off the purchase since I had completed the workout.

The pressure to make a purchase was gone.


Why did I bring this seemingly irrelevant purchase up?

These situations occur maybe five or six times a day. With each purchase, we lose our consciousness involving the necessity of the purchase. We use reason, our most powerful ally in making any decision.

For a long time, I failed to realize that Faulty reasoning, at some point, looked like logical reasoning. So each day, I continued to make small purchases that added up my detriment.

We either wonder why we don’t have any money or why we can’t save any. Unfortunately, we can wander through our lives attuning our attention to the results of spending instead of the process of it.


Each day I try to remind myself to be conscious of the effort I put into making the money I’m about to spend.


One remedy to this dilemma is to save first instead of last. Putting the money aside before you run the risk of engaging in a spending spree can be helpful.

For one, you show yourself the real value of the time you have exchanged for your paycheck or profit. Secondly, you create a new perspective on the importance of money as a resource.


Recently I made a large purchase for entertainment. I thought about the purchase for a week. Shouldn’t I be saving the money I’m about to spend?


I had my eyes set upon a bose speaker for the hefty price of $180. It was a lot to spend on a speaker, but I thought about the number of sports events I watched. It seemed like the right decision. The resistance in making the purchase waned with each passing day.

By the end of the week, I had reasoned the legitimacy of the purchase. I needed that speaker.

Before entering the store, I noticed they had a deal on the website for a generic brand, and the ratings were just as good. So I brought the generic brand instead for $100 less.

I’ve enjoyed the generic speaker and am happy with the purchase — two situations and two outcomes that produced some excellent results.


Maybe I shouldn’t have purchased the speaker and instead should have bought the Gatorade. It would have been cheaper.

Here is where I realized the real value of the purchase. One purchase was a fleeting desire; the other was a luxury (A want instead of a need) purchase that I saw value in owning.

I was prepared to own it.


This weeks grade is a “C” for steady improvement.

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