My friend Dave gave me an in-flight magazine from Southwest Airlines the other day, because he wanted me to read an article about Alex Sheen, founder of Because I Said I Would. Alex started the movement after his father passed away as a tribute to him, because his father was a man of his word…a man who always kept his promises. Not sure if Dave was trying to tell me something.
The premise is simple: You write down a promise on one of their cards…whether that’s a promise to someone else or yourself. Then you give the card to someone who holds it until you fulfill your promise.
What a simple but powerful tool.
I think we are all guilty of setting goals or intentions for ourselves, but sometimes fail to see them through for one reason or another. We may say we are doing whatever it takes to get out of debt, save money, look for a new job, etc., but then we get distracted, or even make excuses. Believe me, I’m guilty of it too.
And with the upcoming holidays, this is when people tend to go off the rails. So if you have a holiday budget, what are you going to do to make sure you actually stick to it? I think little expenses that we didn’t think about start to creep up…that bottle of wine you needed to buy for your boss’s holiday party, or the extra costs in gas because you’re visiting relatives all over the state.
I think now is the perfect time to re-commit to not only your financial goals, but all of your goals. As we all know, people have a tendency to wait until January 1st (after a lot of damage is already done) to get back on track.
So I say start now. And I will do the same.
Here are mine:
- I will follow my 1/2 marathon training plan…
- I will make every effort to stay in budget…
- I will faithfully deduct percentages of everything I make and put it in my various savings accounts…
- I will not take anything out of my emergency fund that is not an emergency (I’m looking at you travel)…
…because I said I would.
Now it’s your turn! Fill in the blank: ________________________ because I said I would.
And if you need more inspiration and a good cry, watch this video about Because I Said I Would:
I wrote a post on Debt and the Girl this week called Would you want to be Olivia Pope? The answer is no, despite her awesome wardrobe.
Michelle from It Started With Lip Gloss & The Shop My Closet Project is Standing in the Land of Ma’am and some thoughts on my friend’s virginity article…
Cash Rebel explores a relevant topic these days: are people interested in Money, Fame, or Love?
Hayley from A Disease Called Debt has come up with a great holiday challenge for herself: Christmas Money Making Challenge.
Matt from Mom and Dad Money answers the question, What Does Financial Freedom Mean to Me?
Ben from The Wealth Gospel talks about how Changing Your Behavior Isn’t Enough. It sort of goes along with what I wrote in Debt and the Girl a couple weeks ago called The Debt Payoff Hangover. You need to get to the bottom of why you do what you do, or else you risk repeating old patterns.
Stefanie from The Broke and Beautiful Life talks about how her Ukrainian heritage is both a blessing and a curse: The Financial Pros and Cons of Community.
Kari from Student Debt Survivor writes about something we can all relate to from time to time: FJD-Facebook Jealousy Disorder.
Anna from Are Ya Gonna Eat That is 95% of the way there: Re-focusing and finding that line.
Cait from Blonde on a Budget tells us What I’d Tell My 20-Year-Old Self About Money.
Have a great weekend everyone!