I confess that I wasn’t too familiar with the Rolling Stones song, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, until it was performed during the Glee Season 1 Finale (find the clip below). It’s a great song with an even better financial fitness message. As you embark on your path to becoming financially fit, one of the first things that you need to know is that you can’t get what you want. We all have our spending weaknesses. Mine are shoes and dresses. My husband’s is wine, and his mom’s is purses. We like to indulge in our weaknesses because they make us feel better when we do; however, in reality, we can’t afford to keeping making these choices. The sad truth is that when we are making purchases or thinking about purchasing things, we need to hear this song in our head. Even millionaires need to hear this song because no matter what our money situation, cash is a finite resource that will eventually run out if we don’t stop ourselves.
Just as the song suggests, though, just because you can’t get what you want, does not mean you won’t get what you need and you won’t be happy. When I first sit with clients, we go through an extensive exercise of determining their wants and needs and the best way to go about accomplishing attaining these. If you remember that the things that you don’t want or don’t need are keeping you from accomplishing your goals, then you will be less likely to indulge in them.
The next time you are about to spend money, I challenge you to listen to this song. Let it put a smile on your face rather than the product you are about to buy and let it stop you. Your bank account will thank you!
Below are videos of the Glee Cast as well as the Rolling Stones. On a side note, it made me sad to revisit the Glee Cast version and realize that Cory Monteith was no longer alive. I hope that wherever he is, his soul is at peace.