Monday, February 12, 2018

The Easiest Way to Defeat Shiny Object Syndrome.

My story.

Over the last few days I have been really wanting a new laptop and new headphones.  A little background here is that I already have a great laptop and a pretty good pair of headphones.  The only thing about my laptop is that it starts up slower than it originally did (oh no, it still is an amazing laptop).  My headphones aren't bluetooth and have a long cable that always seems to get stuck on stuff whenever I walk by, and the leather ear cups are pretty much all the way cracked through.  I was looking at the Bose Quietcomfort 35 ii as my go to choice.  They are bluetooth, noise cancelling and they sound insanely good.  I was actually pretty close to buying them, until I watch a video.  It was a interview with Tony Robbins and Ed Mylett.  I literally clicked on the video just to learn more and improve in life, I had no clue they would be talking about "my situation".

Tony said a point that just really stuck with me.  He said something along the lines of "unhappiness stems from thinking you always need more instead of being grateful for what you have right now"  This really made me start thinking about "do I really need these headphones, or are the headphones I have right now still great headphones?"  The answer was obviously yes, I have a pair of Bose AE2 headphones, which I have had for about 6 years and they still work great.  What I decided to do was order a new pair of ear cups so I could wear them comfortably, which also saved me $300 from buying a brand new pair of headphones when mine still work like they are brand new!

This also made me realize to think long term.  For months I have been wanting a pair of Audeze EL-8 headphones.  I promised myself that if I made $2,000 online that I would buy them as a treat to myself.  Tony Robbins even did say in the same interview that it is ok to want stuff and have goals but don't base your happiness outside of yourself.  The difference between me buying the Bose headphones right now and earning money to buy the headphones that I truly want, is that one is an impulse buy, the other one I would have a sense of accomplishment.

How can this mindset impact your life?

We all live in a society that teaches us that we must have the newest things.  whether that be a new car, a house, or the newest phone.  I hope what Tony Robbins said speaks to you as much as it does to me.  Maybe you want the new MacBook Pro.  Yes it is a cool computer but if you base your happiness off of getting that computer you will not be happy.  You may get tons of use out of it and even love it but it won't make you happy if you feel that you NEED it right now.

Maybe you are like me and have a MacBook that is a few years old but want the new one because its faster and looks a little better.  If you make the impulse decision to buy the laptop it will be a way different feeling than if you buy it because you are truly inspired to and aren't lacking anything.  If you are grateful for the laptop you have now having the new MacBook will be a bonus.

Closing thoughts

Nowhere in this blog am I talking about being lazy or having no goals.  I think goals are awesome and give us motivation.  Exotic cars, big houses, travel, and technology is all cool stuff and I believe its unhealthy to act like you don't want to achieve your goals.  But are you searching outside yourself?  Do you need the Gucci apparel to be happy or the new phone every time it comes out?  Or are you grateful for the car you have, the roof over your head, the clothes in your closet?  Your car may not be the best, it may have rust, may not be comfortable and so on, but does it get you to point A to point B?  Be happy you have a car in the moment, its ok to work towards buying a Lamborghini or a Bentley, but right now you must be grateful for what you have in your life.  If you aren't grateful in this very moment how will you be grateful when you have the Lamborghini?

I hope reading this helped you out in your life, if it did comment your thoughts below and how this mindset did help you!

Click here to watch the full interview of Tony and Ed where they go way deeper on this subject.

Thank you so much for reading, as always,
Make the best of today,

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