Is The Payoff Worth More Than The Cost?

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Is The Payoff Worth More Than The Cost?

One of my favorite quotes is from T. Harv Ecker, author of The Secrets of the Millionaire Mind:

“You can have your reasons or you can have results.”

Reasons are essentially your explanation for why you don’t have the results you want.

Another word for that is an excuse.

In an article titled “No Excuses,” Shakti Sutriasa of Decide Differently shares a great personal example of working through Wayne Dyer’s “Excuses Begone” process.

One of the questions Wayne Dyer suggest we ask ourselves is: “What’s the payoff for using this excuse?”

Whether you call them reasons or excuses, having them can help you assuage the disappointment, guilt, or even shame you may feel in the moment. Unfortunately, they also serves to release you from personal responsibility for results in your life or work. Essentially, they let you off the hook. Those are just some of the potential payoffs of an excuse.

I’ll suggest the question to consider next is this: “Is the payoff worth the cost?”

The moment you are present to both the payoff and the cost, you have access to reclaiming your personal power – you have a choice.

Of course, your reasons may be perfectly reasonable. Validation from others is likely to reinforce their validity.

Or your perfectly reasonable and validated reasons could simply be excuses getting in the way of getting the results you really want.

So the next time you find yourself explaining why something didn’t happen or can’t happen, remember you have a choice – will you settle for the payoffs, or will you dust yourself off and go for the results you want?

Only you can decide whether the payoff is worth the cost. Choose wisely.


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