Categories: Gettin The Mind Right

The Cost of Doing Business

Happy Monday!

Did you ever break or lose something that you need and have to buy it again? Or spend a good amount of money on something you don’t want to buy but need, like boring house stuff? There are always annoying expenses that come with basic living. They are a cost of doing business–the business of living your life.

In either event, the purchase is necessary yet not exciting…but as Frank Sinatra famously sang: “That’s Life…”

“I said that’s life (that’s life), and as funny as it may seem
Some people get their kicks stompin’ on a dream
But I don’t let it, let it get me down
’cause this fine old world, it keeps spinnin’ around”

As kids, we’re exposed to one fantasy after another and as we grow up society teaches us to follow our dreams. Yet there’s never any real education on reality; that for every fantasy, there’s a nightmare. For every benefit, there’s a downside. For every gain, there’s a cost of doing business.

Now I’m not suggesting we scare kids — they should be enjoying their fairy tales!

But at some point there needs to be an honest discussion because negative events, downsides & ‘nightmares’ are an inevitable part of all of our paths. The longer we are conditioned to think that there should be only positive events, benefits and dreams, the more we’re going to experience significant disappointment.

Disappointment hits us like a ton of bricks when we set unrealistic expectations, such as believing that things out of our control will go exactly as we want them to.

Don’t let Life Bring You Down

This is not a somber message…it’s better to be ready and prepared than to be knocked on your heels.

Just because we want something does not mean it will or should happen. We must understand that we can only control our thoughts and actions, nothing else.

This is not to say we should expect bad things to happen, either. But we should take our focus off of outcomes and direct our energy towards doing the best with what we have.

When we focus on making the most out of each day, we become more present and less reactive to the annoying realities of life.

By the way, I don’t think there is anything wrong with complaining…for a few minutes. Trust me, I get annoyed all the time! Give yourself 5–10 minutes and let it rip!

When you’ve gotten it off your chest,  direct your energy towards what you can control. Affirm to yourself in a neutral tone:

  • It’s the cost of doing business (such as owning a home, having cars, running a business, having a job…)
  • This is life, baby!
  • It’s in my best interest to only focus on what I can control


Now direct your energy towards to being grateful for what you have, and to doing the best with what you have!  You got this!




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