For years, and I mean YEARS, I denied myself a decent vacuum cleaner. (my sad sad tale and your recommendations are HERE)
I’ve been using the same ‘ol beat up one from 20+ years ago. It has duct tape around the hose, squeals at a glass shattering pitch when it desires, and when I turn it off, it huffs a big puff of dust. (cough) Each time.
I knew what I wanted and I knew it wouldn’t be cheap, so I made do with other crappy vacuums as time went by. I even picked one off the curb that was better than my dinosaur.
But each borrowed one died before my dinosaur. So, I never moved ahead.
And then other things always came up that were more important.
So it took losing my iPhone to WAKE UP. I went in to get a new iPhone (funny how I didn’t deny myself that!!) and turned and saw the vacuums staring at me in the same store. I thought of the last time I was in my basement office and how dusty the air smelled because ‘the dinosaur’ couldn’t get it clean enough.
And then I ended my misery and bought the thing. Just. Like. That.
Or not. Oh no. It’s as if I have to give myself a 20 year painfully long sentence each time I want to buy something for myself.
(iPhones are indeed exceptions! Just don’t ask me why or I’d have to lie)
And the result? The vacuum was a HUGE motivator to clean my downstairs office. Because now I could!
I played out this same ploy with my computer and camera too. I knew what I wanted and they wouldn’t be cheap. And they weren’t! But I saved up, then gave myself permission to get what I needed. Which now both earn me income and have paid for themselves LONG ago.
Looking back, I don’t know how I’d be doing what I do today if I didn’t have my toys to help me. But they were all a necessary part of my end goal and I’m just glad I finally gave myself permission to grow.
You’re going to need certain tools of the trade to help you along your way, whether that be a camera, computer or vacuum. They WILL cost money. Just plan it out. Plan what you need, save up, then get it.
And then watch what happens.
What are you delaying getting?
What do YOU need in order to move ahead?
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