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Pay for breakthrough

January 20, 2014

I was recently reminded again that we place greater value on things that we pay for, rather than things that are free. Not only that, when we to pay for something, there’s a better chance for growth and a breakthrough.

Paying to get 2014 off right

Claudia and I purchased Michael Hyatt’s goal-setting program a few weeks ago and, I have to tell you, it has really helped us get focused and excited for the year ahead.

While we’ve set goals for a number of years now, 2013 had been somewhat of a tough year and we were looking for something that would give us a fresh new perspective in 2014.

We knew if we just went through our normal goal-setting process, it’d be easy to let the challenges of the past year affect how we planned for our future.

So, we decided to try something different and we purchased Michael’s goal-setting program.

It paid off! It gave us a fresh new perspective and a new framework to launch from. But it wasn’t just that we had used a new goal-setting program, it was that we paid for a new goal-setting program.

We place greater value on what we pay for.

My wheels started to turn

As I saw the effect of us paying for something to reach a desired outcome, it got me thinking.

If paying for something helped us with setting goals, how much more would paying for something help us reach goals?

What if I paid for coaching or training for my business? How much more would that propel me towards reaching my business goals?

What if we paid for a weekend getaway or a marriage seminar? How much more would that catapult Claudia and I in reaching our marriage goals?

My challenge to you

Pick one of your goals, perhaps the one that, if accomplished, would have the greatest impact on all the others, and pay for something to help you reach it.

It could be paying for coaching or training, attending a seminar, or buying a new running outfit, or even getting a babysitter.

I don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the results!

What’s one goal where you know that paying for some aspect of it would have a dramatic impact on you reaching it? You can share your response in the comment section of this post.

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  • Reply Michael Wright January 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Great insight – some of the mentors and coaches I’ve talked and worked with have always said this. In the early years, they would give their services away to a person that “couldn’t afford” them, but almost always they would not be engaged or show up. Where your money goes, your heart will be involved in it.

    • Reply Michael Good January 20, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Absolutely, Michael. I’ve heard the same thing on many occasions.

  • Reply Ann Musico January 20, 2014 at 9:03 am

    I totally agree with both the Michaels! While I would love to help people and “give” my help to them if they think they cannot afford it – it’s part of our human nature that we just don’t value it as much unless we pay for it.

    • Reply Michael Good January 20, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Yes, Ann. I’ve seen this in my business too. Free often doesn’t work.

  • Reply Dan Hefferan January 20, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Great Post!

    I found myself on the sales page for the Best Year ever course probably 15 times, and ultimately decided not to get it, but I know it would have been great to get!

    Michael H has been talking a lot about the Domino goal- the one where if you accomplish it, many of your other goals will fall into place. I love that way of looking at goal setting- everyone loves to push down the first domino!

    • Reply Michael Good January 20, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      Thanks, Dan. Yeah, Michael suggests identifying a “push” goal. The one that you know, if you accomplish, will have a dramatic impact on the others. Love the concept, too!

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