The Regret Dress
Updated: Apr 30
I want to share a story about impulse. Impulse has been an issue for a long time, and I finally mastered it….so I thought.
I needed to go shopping at Costco, one of my favorite places to shop, but to stay focused, I had my little list this day. I had it all planned out. I was determined to stay focused on that list and avoid any items, not on the list. As I was pushing my shopping cart through the store, I happened to look over at the clothing area. There I saw this dress that I had been looking for...for like forever….well, maybe a couple of weeks. The best thing about it was a lot cheaper than the prices I saw online, and they had one in my size. So, of course, I grabbed the dress and shoved my basket felt I had conquered something, but as I walked away, I thought to myself, "should I be buying this dress right now?" I didn't come to buy this dress. I believed these other items, and now I will go over budget. So, in my mind, I went back and forth over it as I finished the duration of my shopping trip. As I was heading to the register, I decided that I would go ahead and buy the dress.
Now, whenever you exit Costco, they have someone who will verify your receipt for proof of purchase. Well, lo and behold, like usual, a lady was standing at the exit in the usual spot. When she completed the verification, she gave me a pamphlet containing all the next deals Costco would have the following month. Wouldn't you know, that same dress that I just bought would be $3 cheaper the following month. I know I could’ve quickly returned to Costco, returned the dress, and waited for the sale, but I kept the dress. Do you want to know why? Because here's the principle of it. I did something out of impulse. I went into that store with the plan, and I allowed myself to get deterred from that plan.
How many times have you made that decision like this? I've coached people who have made so many impulsive decisions that they destroyed their finances and relationships.
People make impulsive decisions that cost them.
People make impulsive decisions that cost them. Don't be one of those people. Take a moment and think about what you're going to do. If you have a plan in front of you, stick with the program! That way, you don’t have to worry about kicking yourself later.
Next time you're faced with a decision that will take you off your plan, take a moment and think about it. I like to use a three-day process; I think I want the item; I get advice from friends or colleagues about the object; then, on the last day, I really can come to a firm position on the decision. Of course, all along the way, I am praying if I really should happen item because sometimes it's just not meant for me.
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