My birthday was Friday—49 years old and “officially” one year away from being an old man. You would think that in a week of such and event I would have been extra focused on the lead domino that is making money, but this week took a detour.
I’m not the only one in the Peterson household building momentum this year. The kids also accepted the challenge top get moving this year, but because they are young the threat of mortality isn’t much of a motivator for change.
Thank goodness for bribery.
Last month I promised a trip to New York and London if the kids meet certain milestones that are designed to help them build adult habits and momentum. This was the carrot, but sticks are also important and from what I’ve been reading over the past few years, fear of loss is a powerful motivator. With this in mind, I figured I should get the tickets in hand as soon as possible so that the threat of loss would be real.
(If the kids do not meat the milestones we’ve agreed to, my wife and I will go without them, but I consider it my job to make sure they succeed. The tickets are non-refundable, which is my stick.)
I’ve been watching for opportunities to make the purchase and this week the stars aligned. I was able to book tickets between Salt Lake City and New York and between New York to London using my store of points and miles. The plan came with a bonus—our transatlantic flight is on Iceland Air and includes a layover in Iceland.
Five days in New York, eight days in London, and a day in Iceland. The arrangements and the excitement left little room in my brain for anything else. I only spent 3.75 hours on my money-earning project and missed my key momentum metric every day of the week.
It was a fun and rewarding week, but one that I can’t afford to repeat.