On The Price of Inaction

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A warning: this reflection exercise can result in meaningful change.

I was about to make big changes – to recenter my career, to move to a new country – just before the pandemic hit in 2020.

When it did, I hesitated. Changed (postponed?) my plans, and – long story short – it all worked out for the better.

However, the last step of this process was still hard.

To take that action was really scary.

But you know what has become even worse?

The price of not taking that action and finding myself in the same (or worse) situation months later.

The pain of that has become greater than any “comfort”, “security”, or “certainty” I thought I had.

So I finally quit my job and, soon afterwards, spent a weekend at my friend’s grandma’s place. An old and cute post-Soviet apartment in a small touristy town with a beautiful lake.

We’ve poured some celebratory herb liquor into our tea thermos and went kayaking.

The point of this story?

We have to realise the invisible yet very real cost of our inaction.

We have to act from a sense of agency. To live lives that, however imperfect, are ours.

That’s why in my episode I talk about the price of inaction.

It’s a simple concept – that comes with that painful reflection exercise – that allows us to better imagine what the hidden cost of not taking a risk is.

Neurolinguistic programming would say that our decisions can have one of the following drives:

We are either (a) moving away from pain or (b) moving toward pleasure.

If we’ve normalised the pain we are in right now, maybe we have to remind ourselves how painful it will be in the future, if we DON’T take any action?

This is what I explore in my episode.

Don’t pay the price of NOT listening to my episode! Listen to it now!

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