Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s the retail therapy, shopping extravaganza of the year. If you’re smart about your purchases, you can set yourself up for a beautifully easeful year ahead.
At this time of year, we’re bombarded with amazing special offers, discounts, and shiny glittery objects. It’s a great time to invest in things which will move us forward in our business and life, however, who hasn’t been tempted into buy a load of stuff that in hindsight didn’t really hit the mark? We can shop smart this weekend, but also at any time of the year.
With just a little bit of consideration, planning, and discernment, we can come out the other side of the craziness feeling really good about what we bought and how it will serve us. It’s good to invest in our business, it’s good to invest in ourselves, it’s good to keep the flow of money (read energy) moving. Let’s make purchases we continue to feel good about and which serve us well in the coming months.
5 Steps To Shop Smart during this potential spending bonanza (or at any time of the year.)
1. Assess if you have any knowledge or skill gaps in your plan for the coming months and year.
(If you don’t have a plan, contact me to find out if I can help you to create one.) Remember this can be for our business or personal goals. Have you wanted to crack course building or book writing for your business? Or learn to dance, sing or do yoga for your own personal development? Sometimes investing in personal goals can have just as big, if not bigger impact on your business. As business owners, it can be easy to obsess about a business to the exclusion of everything else (we Love our businesses right?!?) However, spending enjoyable time away from our business is often the time when we allow in the ideas, clients, referrals, that we’ve been wanting. Let’s have fun and growth inside AND outside of our business.
2. Seek out the people who specialise in the areas you’re wanting to focus on.
See what they’ve got on offer. If you don’t know any specialists in that area, ask your network for referrals and recommendations. Feeling good about the thing you’re buying before you buy it will lead you to a better outcome with your purchase. If you don’t feel good about it, don’t buy it.
3. If you find an offer you are drawn to ask yourself ;
- Why do I want it?
- How will it benefit me?
- How will it benefit my business?
- Does this keep me on track, and support me to get to where I want to go right now?
- Do I have the time to use/implement it?
- Who will I be if I buy, or alternatively, don’t this thing?
- Who would I be different if I use or implment this thing?
- How will I feel if I buy this thing and don’t use it?
4. Know your budget.
Have a money date with your numbers so you’re clear about what you have available to spend. If a money date isn’t going to give you this information, check out ‘Profit First’ it’s a game-changer. If you implement it, this time next year, you’ll know exactly how much is available for investing in yourself and your business.
5. If once you answer these questions, you still want it, still value it, and it’s within your budget, then Go buy it!!!
Buying with Intention enables us to feel good about our shopping decisions. It allows us to take the reins and stay on track with our vision and goals, whilst still having the retail therapy buzz that so many of us enjoy.
Life is for enjoying, let’s put into place the things that enable us to get the most pleasure, joy and satisfaction from it that we can. Will you shop smart this weekend and throughout the year?