There are times when this policy isn’t the smartest — if you’ve serious reservations about any of the following things, hit the pause and maybe even the eject button:
- Investing all your money in a scheme involving high risk and return
- Packing an expensive bottle of red wine inside your suitcase
- Marrying your boyfriend of 3 weeks
These are the times when action can only lead to gain and inaction guarantees loss. Examples include:
- Wanting so much to become a ballerina that you never risk trying because then you might have to face the disappointment of discovering it ain’t going to happen
- Never using your tax-free savings allowance because choosing the best account is way too confusing and/or time-consuming
- Waiting until you fully master the most optimal way of spending air miles before ever attempting to secure a free flight
I offer these examples because all of them ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO ME. Or rather I happened to all of these decisions. Both the first list and the second.
Except for the bit about the ballerina — that’s just a metaphor for other things I’ve wanted but where FOF* sabotaged me.
So while part of me is very tempted to say that my investigation into air miles this week has led to more questions than answers (never mind a load of bad press about BA’s decision last year to switch over to the Avios scheme) and therefore more homework must be completed before I can take advantage of the miles I’ve accrued, the older I get the more adept I am at tricking myself into not being so pointlessly circular.
Some things are best mastered by making a few mistakes.
To help me as I attempt to spend my miles, I’ve stumbled upon The Points Guy – who I recommend highly for anyone with similar issues.
Stay tuned for updates on my progress.
*Fear of Failure