You Can Talk Yourself into Just About Anything - so be on guard for that
If you haven't noticed, you can talk yourself into just about anything. It's a common problem with most people, especially those filled with hope and dreams. That's most of us, so we all need to be on guard against it.
This is a particular problem when we're facing a good sales person, and especially if we're in the market to buy something and it's our idea (or at least we think it is).
There are those who would argue that they can't be convinced by a sales person, therefore they certainly don't need to worry about themselves being an unwitting assistant in the sales process.
If you think it's true, then why are there so many people in America that are having credit problems and living check-to-check? Is it because they have succumbed to their many needs? Or, is it because they haven't been able to say no to their wants, wishes and desires?
I think it's simply because we haven't been able (or willing) to distinguish the difference between needs and wants, and we keep disguising our wants and wishes as needs. You see, you can talk yourself into just about anything, even to the point where you believe that a discretionary purchase is a need.
What we're talking about here are justifications for spending money or taking a particular action that often has financial consequences. More specifically, and more honestly, the justifications are really only rationalizations. In essence, we talk ourselves into it. We create big excuses that are disguised as justifications.
Once when looking at a large piece of land, I spent time with the neighbor so I could learn more about the land and the surrounding area. There were parts of the land fenced off by neighbors, water that was questionable, a dump from generations ago in one of the gullies, no road providing access to the land, and it was a very long way to run an electric line. In short, the land required quite a large investment to make it a place where I might even consider pitching a tent.
The kindly neighbor advised, "Be careful, you know, you can talk yourself into just about anything." And, of course, he was right. It was possible that I wanted this large piece of land so badly that I might even invent or imagine reasons why it would be a good investment.
I never even bothered to make an offer on the land. It was a unique piece of property and one with tremendous potential, but it was just too much to bite off and chew. Instead I purchased a much smaller piece of land with a house, barn and outbuildings, and the essential infrastructure already in place. It was a much wiser decision, and I've never regretted it.
How to Avoid the Problem
So, when you're faced with a big decision, just remember that you can talk yourself into just about anything, and many people have. Consider "leaving well-enough alone," and imagine that some things that are just fine without you will continue to be just fine without you.
Keep listening for the voice in your head saying, "You can talk yourself into just about anything," and you'll be in a better position to make good decisions that satisfy your needs instead of inventing excuses to satisfy your wants.
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