So often, people want change, growth and success to be easy. We dream of winning the lottery, of flying up through the ranks at work, or of getting fit as soon as we join the gym. Well, we’re calling it: when it comes to success, life hacks and shortcuts don’t exist. Success is rarely accidental, and it rarely happens overnight. Success and change take hard work and commitment. Motivation is irrelevant because it’s just a feeling that comes and goes. The path to effective change lies in pinpointing what you want and working damn hard to get it.
Great, now we’ve cleared that up, it’s time to work out what you’re committed to. Do you want to start your own company? Do you have your heart set on a book-publishing deal? Maybe you’ve always wanted to do some study or move your family overseas.
Once you’ve established your goal, it’s important to work out the cost – because yes, all change does come at a cost. The thing you want to do or achieve might cost you money or time. It might cost you your family or friends. So, it pays to know in advance what the true cost of your endeavour might be, so you can weigh up whether it’s worth it.
Let’s say you want to write a book. Awesome! Good on you. Before you get started, can we ask: are you prepared to pay a publisher thousands of dollars in fees? Are you ready to give up who-knows-how-many weekends? If the answer is ‘no’, it might be time to shift your focus to a new goal. Goals can change.
Perhaps you have your heart set on running a marathon. Champion! Just a quick check: are you ready for a year of training? Are you OK with the financial cost of physio appointments and lots of new shoes? Have you braced yourself for the potential injuries and setbacks they’ll impose? Are you prepared to deal with family being annoyed that you’re off training for hours each day? No? Fair enough, let’s move on.
Navigating the true cost of change is why people don’t always deliver on their dreams. Calculating this cost helps us to be realistic with our goals. It's almost like creating a checklist, to establish that tipping point of what we’re prepared to pay to get the result we want. One person might be willing to forgo massive financial costs and time away from family because for them, the end justifies the means. Another person might decide that it’s just not worth it.
So that big idea or plan that’s stewing away in your brain – put it to bed right now by calculating its cost. If the costs outweigh the gain, consider relegating it to the too-hard or ‘maybe another time’ basket. But, if the costs are going to be worth it, what are you waiting for? Put your head down and get to it. Write your plan, gather your supporters and make it happen. We’d love to hear about it if you feel like sharing.
– The Coach Place Global
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