Why’s it so hard for us to make the right long-term moves?
November 08th, 2011 - 89 Comments
I have a pretty big backyard in my San Francisco apartment, so I recently threw a party. I ended up having a bunch of leftover food, including a huge watermelon. I love watermelon, so I left it sitting in a plastic bag in the corner of my kitchen, where it sat…
…and sat…and sat. I just never got around to cutting it up or throwing it out.
A long time later, I walked in to my kitchen and saw a ton of liquid sitting on the floor. It smelled like alcohol. My first sub-conscious thought, “Sweet, who bought me free alcohol?” which says a lot about me. But then, my mood darkened. As I traced the confusing sitting liquid back to its source, I realized it was coming from the watermelon. But how can a watermelon have so much liquid in it? Isn’t it…just a watermelon? Ohh…it’s a water melon.
Apparently watermelons liquify and turn into some kind of alcohol-smelling liquid after you let them sit for 5 MONTHS. Who knew?
I’m not lazy. I’m not stupid. So why couldn’t I get around to picking that watermelon up and throwing it in the garbage?
Does it have anything to do with barriers?
More generally, why is it so hard for us to do what we know is best in the long-term? For example…
- Working out even 30 minutes/day
- Setting up an automated system to manage our money
- Calling friends and family consistently
You don’t usually see other money-related sites talking about this. Instead, they simply use a battering ram to shove the idea of “just do it” or “try harder” down your throat…with predictable results.
Let’s get specific.
What’s ONE area of life where you “should” be doing something that would benefit you in the long term…but you’re not?
Why is that?
Leave a comment below. Let’s see what we can figure out together.
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