Last week I wrote a post about poverty consciousness that caused quite a commotion. Many people recognized that they had some real issues to address in the area. Some got very defensive, and claimed their actions were simply being thrifty. Yet others felt I had no empathy, and didn’t understand the choices they were making were forced upon them by outside influences (their cheap boss, bad economy, industry downturn, etc.)
Some wanted to debate the issue with me. But I it’s not my job to debate the choices you make or why you’re making them. (I’m busy enough trying to keep my own life in order.) My job is simply to make you think about the issue. Where it goes from there is totally up to you.
But no matter which category you think you fall into, the true test is how this plays out in the other areas of your life. Because if you make your financial decisions with poverty consciousness, it will bleed into every area of your life. So if you thought I was off the mark in the last post, take the test and find out where you really stand.
The Poverty or Prosperity Consciousness Test
Do you devote the necessary time to maintain healthy friendships and family relationships?
Do you ever treat yourself to treatments like facials, manicures or pedicures?
Do you religiously set aside time for self-development and career growth training?
Do you get regular massages from a professional therapist?
Do you give yourself good dental, medical, and chiropractic care?
Do you make time for regular exercise?
Do you occasionally “splurge” and reward yourself with something lavish that you can’t justify rationally – but do so because of the joy it brings you?
The correct answer to every question is “yes.” There were seven questions. How many did you get correct?