Cost vs. Benefit

By Greg Baer M.D.

March 9, 2015

When we face a decision about whether to climb a difficult path—usually involving a change in the direction of our lives—often we pause to contemplate the sweat, the aches, the exhaustion, and sometimes the pain that might follow.

It’s only natural that we’d pause to count the cost before making a choice. Often, however, we are intimidated by the price of our ascent, so our pause becomes permanent, and we stay “safe” in a world where risk is minimized.

Counting costs can be wise, but when it’s driven by fear, it can become an excuse for never learning or growing. In addition to counting costs, we need to remember the potential benefits of our intended course.

As we exert ourselves and take risks, we can envision the doors we will open, the summits we will reach, the vistas to be revealed, and the happiness that we cannot now imagine. With this vision, we gain the motivation to begin the climb toward the joy that will be worth every step we take to get there.

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About the author 

Greg Baer, M.D.

I am the founder of The Real Love® Company, Inc, a non-profit organization. Following the sale of my successful ophthalmology practice I have dedicated the past 25 years to teaching people a remarkable process that replaces all of life's "crazy" with peace, confidence and meaning in various aspects of their personal lives, including parenting, marriages, the workplace and more.

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