Is your car a filthy mess?
How about your home? Your office? Your yard?
I’m a little embarrassed to say “yes, yes, yes, and yes.”
Or, at least, that was the old me. I’m a hyper, busy guy, so everything was a mess.
When was I supposed to find time to organize my stuff when I was constantly rushing to do the next big thing?
But then I started noticing something…
By training my mind to give every physical thing a purpose, I started making better decisions about my time and my finances.
The floor of my car is not a trashcan. That’s not its purpose. Its purpose is to stabilize the car, keep me from falling through, hold the seats in place, etc. It was not created with the goal of holding my garbage.
So I don’t put garbage on the floor of my car. If I must store garbage in my car, I place it in a bag whose purpose is to hold garbage.
Now, you might be thinking that organization and cleanliness are irrelevant to credit or financial problems…
But I disagree.
If your physical space is sloppy, your life will most likely be sloppy…
Training your mind to give everything its purpose and its place allows you to make better financial and spending decisions.
If your mind is not trained to examine everything, decide its purpose, and then put it in the right place, you will make purchases that do not honor your long-term goals.
You will make buying decisions that do not have a purpose.
Your budgeting will be sloppy…
Giving things a purpose, and then placing them where they belong, gives you control over your life. It allows you to immediately eliminate dead weight and garbage.
It also gives you the opportunity to accept things that will improve your life.
Imagine the impact of training your brain to put things in its place.
You can immediately eliminate expenses that are silly. You can immediately accept ideas that will help you become more frugal.
You can immediately stop yourself from making purchases that don’t have a purpose…
What do you think? Am I crazy? Spot on? Let me know your thoughts below!
– Philip Tirone