We start [blank] without counting the costs of what it will take to get to the end goal. It could be anything: implementing a new schedule, new exercise routinue, diet, way of thinking, work project….We start off strong, but fall off the wagon only a few days later. It really is hard to "teach an old dog new tricks," right?
We can convince ourselves all we want about why we should do [blank], but when the going gets tough (like when hunger pains hit on day 3 of our new diet or soreness sets in after exercising 3 days in a row), we convince ourselves it's not worth the discomfort and we really should just abandon ship. What were we thinking in the first place?
I have been there. I know what this feels like. I've bolted out of the starting gate rearing to go only to find the wind in my sails gone a few days later. Why? Because I didn't sit down and count the costs BEFORE starting out. I jumped off the cliff before making sure I had my parachute packed.
Had I done some due diligence perhaps I wouldn't have abandoned ship so quickly. Maybe I would have succeeded in my undertaking instead of falling to the ground and going splat on my face.
The point in all this: think before you jump. Count the costs.
And there's a fine line between analyzing something and analyzing it to death. Some people like to jump and learn how to fly on the way down. But other people like to stay where they are, analyze the situation, and figure out all the possible ways to do it before taking a step forward. Both people are doomed to failure.
The latter twiddles away their life because they are never going to have all the answers they need. They succumb to analysis paralysis. Life involves faith and risk.
But the former who jump off the cliff without knowing how to fly, find themselves in the air without even a parachute to catch them. Both examples are not prudent ways to go about life.
For example, yesterday I challenged readers to consider sponsoring a child in need this spring. For just $38/month, you can give hope to a child living in poverty--food, education, health care, vocational training….BUT it's not just a one-time $38 gift. I actually don't want you to give if it's a one-time thing. Thanks, but no thanks.
I'm looking for people who will commit to a year of giving. That's right. One year. 12 months. 365 days. That's 38 x 12 = $456. Now it sounds like a commitment, right? "$38 isn't that bad. Sure, I can do that," you think. "I mean that won't affect my bottom-line too much." But that's not the point. The point is to give so that we feel it. It's a commitment. An investment.
So what if you committed to giving to a child in need for a year straight? Spring 2014 to spring 2015. Yes, commit. Will someone come banging on your door if you stop after 3 months? Of course not. What I'm challenging you to do is to count the costs -- don't just give on a whim or give impulsively. Ask yourself:
Is this something I want to do? Don't do it out of guilt. Count the costs first and be real with yourself. Are you willing to give some of your hard earned money to a child living in poverty? Are you willing to commit for one year? Are you involved or are you committed? Are you the chicken or are you the pig?