I asked you in yesterday’s post how many of your price decisions are made based on the actual value received? Do you hold back on things because you feel you aren’t worth the extra money? Does going for the luxurious choice bring up feelings of guilt?
I used to say these kinds of things were issues for people who grew up in the great depression. Then I came to realize that this was a problem for most people. It’s no surprise really, when you think about it.
Even if you were raised by prosperity conscious parents (which would be VERY unlikely), the programming you get subconsciously from the data-sphere would do the trick.
If you are my age, you grew up with “The Beverly Hillbillies.” Think about that show for a minute. How stuffy the banker, Mrs. Hathaway, and the other rich people were. Jed Clampet and his family were the constant foils, showing how silly those wealthy people were.
Then there was Gilligan’s Island. Remember how goofy the millionaire was? And how stilted, going by the name of something like Thurston Howell "the third." Then there was M.A.S.H. We had good guys Hawkeye and Trapper John, who were always ridiculing the rich guy who liked Opera. When I look back on it now, I realize that my lack programming of jealousy and hate for rich people was probably established before I was ten years old.
Nothing much has changed today. The Spiderman movies, Titanic, “House”, John Grisham novels and most mass culture entertainment is filled with lack programming. (BTW, the next video for my prosperity channel is on why Avatar programs you to be poor. Be sure and subscribe here, so you don’t miss it!)
So if you grow up with programming like this, is it any wonder that you feel guilty about buying something special for yourself?
Now a few of you fell for the bait and talked about what good you could do if you donated that $10,000 to charity instead of buying the coat or shoes. But that is lack thinking, because of course you can do both.
Several of you commented on buying luxury if it was prudent and not going into debt. That is very important and we discussed this on a previous blog here.
But when it is all said and done, it still comes down to value, worthiness and how big of a window you see the world through.
Yes the difference between a first class seat and one in economy is a great deal. But you might find it is worth it if you are more than 5’6” tall, weigh more than 120 pounds, or want to open a lap top computer. If you want to work (or sleep) on the trip, if you want to be treated with respect and not like cattle, and if you want to arrive relaxed – it could be worth the extra money.
The value difference between a room at the Four Seasons and a Holiday Inn one, or a Toyota versus a Bentley are undeniable.
If you have the money and aren’t going into debt, if it brings you joy, if you know you are worth it, then I believe you are making a prosperous decision. And know that this is not about being elitist, because everyone has the chance to manifest more prosperity.
The great news is you get to choose: you can be the slumdog or the millionaire!