Castor Oil was one I remember vigorously trying to avoid. There were a number of concoctions for all sorts of ailments. They were made up of ingredients that usually tasted like something I can't name here.
Why do we seek out these painful remedies (often in the absence of any evidence?)
I think I have the answer. Our belief system tells us that to get something good, you should be prepared to pay the price and the more you want, the higher the price should be.
If you want a small amount of money then you should feel a small amount of pain, and if you want a lot then expect a lot of pain.
That's where Grandma's cough remedy comes from.
If you want to cure your cold, you better find some medicine that tastes pretty repulsive.
In fact, according to the theory, the worse it tastes, the better the cure must be for you. As a result, I think grandma must have gone in search of the foulest tasting ingredients she could find and then combined as many as possible of these items into her cure-all remedies.
Nowadays, we have some famous sweet-tasting cold remedies. And they do the job just fine.
Someone smart discovered that the old thought process was flawed. You can get a good outcome without paying an unpleasant price.
Let's see how this relates to your financial planning.
Don't Cure Your Money Troubles with Yucky Medicine
Are you subscribing to the yucky medicine theory when it comes to your money?
Do you believe you have to pay some horrendous price to be saved from a life of financial hardship?
If so, you may be your own worst enemy! You may only have to change your belief system and thus your corresponding behaviour to break free of money stress.
Managing money might even be fun and easy if you can step outside the yucky medicine mindset.
What am I talking about? Here's just one example:
I know there are people who spend hours keeping financial records and reconciling bank statements as a way of applying some ‘discipline' to their finances. This is tough, unexciting stuff, so according to the ‘yucky medicine theory' it should bring good outcomes.
The pain inflicted on oneself in keeping the records, entering them into a computer, comparing them with bank statements and finding every cent that is unaccounted for is surely enough to guarantee financial well-being, maybe even wealth. It's yucky medicine so it must make the family budget better!
I have seen plenty of examples of people who take no notice of what they spend, what their Credit Card balance is, what their bank account balance is and how much gets wasted each week. These people are rarely heading for wealth so the theory still seems to be valid to this point.
BUT, here's the kicker: keeping financial records is NOT going to make you wealthy either.
Keeping meticulous financial records is like going for a drive and only looking in the rearview mirror.
It just wastes time and makes you feel good that you have been disciplined. But you are looking backwards! That yucky medicine theory is going to lead to disaster.
What Can You Do About It?
It's pretty simple — stop taking yucky medicine!
If you are a compulsive-obsessive record keeper you are not going to like what I am about to say: If you were to stop inflicting the pain of being disciplined at keeping records and just made up a simple budget plan for the essential expenses that lie ahead for the next year in advance, you could probably do something more exciting with all that spare time instead.
So I know your next question:
“How do you plan the future without it being another example of taking that yucky medicine”?
Now, this is where my expertise kicks in big time. It's easy!
You will learn at least two important things:
1. How many non-essential items you bought last year
2. What essential transactions you can plan ahead for during the next 12 months
Use the patterns you find to predict the future before it happens.
This way, you can be prepared for your money troubles long before they hit. You'll be able to afford the things you care about, treat your family more often, and have a clearer financial future.
Best of all, it won't be an unpleasant and yucky experience — it'll be easy and rewarding.
When I was first starting out I used a calendar to mark all of the predictable regular expenses for the next year and how much I expected them to be.
This allowed me to actually calculate target bank balances for the whole year in advance and make it so that on the worst day of the year I still had money.
Yep, that took a bit of time to do but it then set me free.
It turned out that successful budget management was a really easy thing, not like taking foul-tasting medicine after all.
By the way, the Spending Planner software does the calendar calculations in a few seconds flat, so with that, there is even less pain to go through to get the good outcome.
Keeping records can then be purely for the purpose of monitoring how well you are following the money plan you have for the future, rather than being a way to give yourself a serious shock at the end of the financial year.
You don't need to account for every cent. All you need to do is check once a week that you are close to your plan's target.
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