A while back, I heard Jack Canfield stating that all of human existence can be summed up in the formula: E + R = O. Events + Response = Outcome. If we don’t like how things are turning out, we can either try to change the world around us (our environment) or our response…
If you’ve ever taken an economics class in college or been in the business world for any length of time, you’ve heard the term opportunity cost. Opportunity cost is the price you pay for an activity measured by what else you can’t do. In other words, if you choose A, you don’t get to do B. If you buy a candy bar then you don’t have a dollar for something else.
This concept smacked me in the face when I read an interview with Mark Victor Hansen, author of Chicken Soup for the Soul. In the interview Hansen stated that he believes we should get up about 15 to 30 minutes earlier each day to mediate, ruminate and plan our day. I believe in this concept and have wondered why more of us don’t put it into practice.
The answer is simple, opportunity cost. In order to get up earlier, we have to go to bed earlier (if we want the same amount of sleep). The opportunity cost of getting up to pray and meditate is too high.
I don’t think it’s limited to meditation either. I think many of us are merely interested in success, but the opportunity cost being successful is too big. So, I’ll ask you the same question I’ve been asking myself, “What am I willing to give up in order to have what I want”? Success isn’t free; it has an opportunity cost.
Beliefs are just thoughts we put our total faith in. When we believe something we don’t question it, we just accept it as true. Belief acts as a green light to our subconscious to act on whatever we are telling it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore. It seems to me there are a lot of good, honest, hard working people who are getting screwed over in this economy. Every time I fill the gas tank, “$60, please.” Every time I go to the grocery store “$100, please” What’s going on? Why are prices so out of control?