One of the big problems society has these days is that we don’t understand economics. Now I am not talking about how the Federal Reserve distributes money or how the Euro and the dollar interact. What I am talking about is the fact that everything comes with a price that must be paid before you receive what you are looking for.
Let’s say that you are in a bad relationship, you are in horrible physical shape or that you are in a job you hate. I am willing to go out on a limb and say that everyone has something they want to change, have different, or long for.
It Is What It Is
In any case, the first step is to accept personal responsibility (man up) and acknowledge you got yourself into it. Don’t blame yourself, just accept the facts for what they are. Not everything works out the way we have planned. Just take stock of what you have or where you are at and what is the price to get what or where you want.
Everything comes with a price. Might cost real money, might cost time, might cost sweat, nothing comes for free. That is the misunderstanding that people have these days. You just can’t walk around the block once a day and lose weight. It’s not going to happen… You have to understand the true cost and be prepared to pay it.
To get out of a relationship, you might have to pay financial costs, a lawyer, child support, etc. or you might have emotional/societal costs of being shunned by friends and family. To get in better shape is going to cost time, sweat, not eating comfort foods. To leave a job might cost a salary drop or having to relocate. Everything has a price.
Inertia Has Its Price Too
The flip side of this is that staying where you are at has a price too. The wretchedness of living with someone you don’t care for, the horrible self esteem of being obese, the drudgery of working a job you hate. It is costing you everyday and you pay and will continue to pay until you decide to pay the other price and get it over with.
I talk in my book that one of the secrets in Special Forces is just not to quit. I always valued that price as too much to pay. The idea of having to face family, friends after quitting was too high a price. I valued it more than the pain, sweat of whatever I had to go through.
My advice for you is to start thinking about what you want in your life and what the costs are for you to stay where you are at and what the costs are to go for it. Most of the time if you really want it, it is a small price to pay…