We’ve all seen the movies. Our neighbors get a new boat, we get a new boat. They get a new car, we get a new car. This is called keeping up with the Joneses. Most of the time we look at these folks and say, Why? But this can be a positive thing. Let’s take a look at how.
It keeps you Aggressive
We all start out any new adventure with the zeal of a cheetah. After a few weeks that same aggressiveness fades. If the thought in the back of your mind is how happy and content your neighbors, the Joneses, look it will help to keep you aggressive and moving forward.
Makes you look beyond your borders
When you live in a small world, all you see is your small world. The Joneses live in a bigger house, drive better cars and go on better vacations. They tell you about them and you marvel that there are such places and experiences to have. This is what we call looking beyond your own borders. The more we are exposed to the better things in life, the better chances we have at going for them.
Makes you appreciate the finer things in Life
Oftentimes the reason why we don’t get a new car, appliance or go to a better school is that we don’t see the value in them. When I upgraded my phone to the latest and greatest, I was floored by the speed and how much more I was able to get done. We will appreciate the finer things in life once we get a taste of them.
Gives you a different perspective
The vacations and opportunities that come from moving to the next level are what we can expect. Its like moving to the top of the building and the view we have rather than looking out from the basement. The perspective and things we can see are just different. We should strive to at least attempt to get to the next floor. Once there you’ll want a better view and more.
Helps you set your sights higher
There is an old saying. The more knowledge you get lets you know how much you don’t know. In plain English, the more you know, the more you know there is more out there. Once you have this kind of knowledge you can set your sights on things you once before thought were unobtainable. Once I started my own business, I was able to
Inspires you to move forward
One of the mail benefits of keeping up with the Joneses is the constant encouragement to keep moving forward. When you live in a place where there is no one moving forward, you tend to stagnate. In a world of movers and shakers that isn’t an option. Either you move forward, or you get left behind. That kind of peer pressure is positive.
Many times, on television and in glamour books, people with lifestyles that are lavish are portrayed as vain, without any redeemable qualities but those lavish lifestyles came at a cost. That level of persistence and focus is the only way we will be able to make it to the top in our success journey. Keeping up with the Joneses has its positive points. It takes a balance to recognize how to keep up the good fight and why are you doing the things you are doing.