Research shows that people spend money because they feel powerless. If you're struggling with debt and spending outside your budget, check out these seven ways to feel more powerful in your life…because they're also unusual ways to spend less money!
"Consider two individuals, one a successful millionaire and the other a recently demoted banker," say researchers Derek D. Rucker and Adam D. Galinsky of Northwestern University. "Both might view a Rolex watch as a clear status symbol. However, for the millionaire, wearing the watch might not make him/her feel any more powerful than he/she normally feels. In contrast, for our demoted banker, wearing the same watch might make the banker feel significantly more powerful."
The following ways to feel more powerful in your life will help you stick to your budget....
1. Acknowledge the different types of power. You can feel physically powerful, spiritually powerful, intellectually powerful, professionally powerful, economically powerful, and on it goes. You'll probably feel different types of power in different parts of your life - and at different times of your life.
2. Recognize unhealthy versus healthy power. Being manipulative, deceitful, vengeful, or passive-aggressive are unhealthy ways of expressing power. To feel more powerful in your life, ask yourself if you're using your power for good…or to control others. Being healthy this way does affect your spending habits - because it's difficult to be healthy emotionally, and spend every penny you have (and those you don't)!
3. Rise to a work challenge. It doesn't matter if you're a store clerk, department head, or secretary of state -- rising to a professional challenge increases your feelings of power. Pennsylvania-based freelance writer Lori Baer, says "Conquering a freelancing task I was nervous about fosters empowerment and greater confidence for next big thing." Look at work challenges as ways to increase your personal sense of power…and let those confident feelings increase your resolve to spend less money.
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