The Cost of Doing Nothing…

I have had a busy year in 2018 and have been quite fortunate in reaching a few goals that I have set.  While this post is somewhat about goal setting and achievement, it is really more about the danger with complacency and thinking that doing nothing keeps things in a state of equilibrium.  My intent with this post today is to explain just how dangerous it can be to consider that doing nothing has no cost.  I’ll do my best to share some realistic examples of the cost of doing nothing, because this cost is not nominal and in many cases it can be quite painful.

The first example of the cost of doing nothing has to due with personal health and choosing the mindset to ignore messages that our body will send to us.  I know many people, including a close family member, whose bodies sent them distinct messages over a period of time and they chose to do little or nothing when they received these messages.  Even more so, by delaying their response, the ability to fix the issues at hand were often not achievable.  I am sure each of you reading this know someone who ignored signs such as pain or weight loss/gain when it occurred and as a result found a friend or loved one dealing with a life-threatening issue.

The second example relates to business and the world of work.  I can think of many times in my career that I chose to avoid or ignore issues that I needed to address and as a result, these issues became greater challenges, many of which were quite painful when finally addressed.  Had I taken action when the issue was small, the cost and pain would have been greatly diminished versus the time and cost involved by letting things go.

I now work with business owners in a Peer Group where they discuss issues within a confidential setting.  The biggest obstacle to people dealing with work issues is not cost or time.  No, the biggest issue is the reluctance for many business owners and leaders to acknowledge, address and move ahead when they have an issue they need to change.  While it can sometimes be less painful to avoid a chronic issue, in the long run it always costs less to address an issue, whether this involved process, people or capital, early versus later.

The cost of doing nothing is not free.

Never forget this-if you do, the price tag may be high.