Have you ever wanted something so bad you were willing to give up your daily habits and rewards to get it - you were willing to put off all instant gratification in hopes of reaching a much greater goal in the end?
THE COOKIE TEST
In the Cookie Test, also known as the Marshmallow Test, psychologist Walter Mischel of Standford University separately placed 100's of 4-year-olds alone in a room with a single marshmallow. They were told that if they could wait an extended period (15 minutes - which is like 5 hours in kid time) without eating the marshmallow, at the end of the 15 minutes, they would get two.
I am sure you can guess how this turned out... some kids took the marshmallow before they were finished receiving instructions, and others were able to make it through the 15 minutes by distracting themselves and focusing on the bigger picture (more marshmallows!).
So, if I didn't bore you with the Cookie Test, then I am sure you are asking yourself, "What does Starbucks have to do with any of this and why did she basically give it up?" Well, if you are a fan of Starbucks, then you know it ain't cheap (excuse the horrible grammar, but sometimes "ain't" has its uses, as long as it's done with passion and gusto)! Now, say you are like me and only like the flavored lattes, which run about $5 a pop - or latte in this case. You take that $5 and multiply it by 2 a week x 4 weeks a month and what do you have? A ton of wasted money!
However, this so called "wasted money" was not my reason for basically giving it up (notice I said "basically" - I am not complete insane). I had plenty of reasons for justifying my latte purchases. I pack my lunch everyday and I don't do a lot of impulsive shopping. Surely I could spare $5 here and there. However, there was something I wanted so badly, I was willing to put all my spending money each month towards it. No new clothes or shoes (no more pretty new shoes for each new outfit), and instead of Starbucks 2x a week, I have gone down to 2x a month (see... "basically")!
(WO)MAN's BEST FRIEND
I want a dog. I want a dog so badly that sometimes it hurts. If you have been following me on Facebook or Instagram or have read some of my past posts, you will know that we lost our German Shepherd last summer. He was a part of me in a way that I cannot explain, but I know many of you already understand. I want a dog for me, but I want a dog even more for my boys. My oldest is 7 and he is just dying for the companionship that only an animal can provide.
THE WAITING GAME
My husband is an amazing man, however, the idea of another dog is not on the top of his list. I know he will come around and I may just have a very large dog fund in place when that day comes. So stayed tuned - who knows, maybe I will have some adorable photos to share with you the next time!
So, what are you willing to give up to reap greater rewards in the long run? Maybe it's going out to eat less, or going back to school or dedicating 30 minutes to exercise everyday. Whatever it is, I would love to hear about it!
Until next time, Cheers!