The Opportunity Cost of Mindfulness
When a resource, for example time or money, is scarce, which it always seems to be, choosing one thing over the other is the opportunity cost. When I decided to spend three years in Graduate school at Michigan State University as, the older guy, there was an opportunity cost. I had to decide if those three years studying, grinding, sweating bullets, was worth the trade-off of the time commitment to my family.
What I really had to decide was if the payoff would increase my quality of life and happiness in the long run. Education and self-improvement is an asset we all need to embrace, I did and the remuneration has been unbelievable, the confidence and personal growth unimaginable. The opportunity cost was worth the effort.
This can happen for you.
We all come to this fork in the road of our lives, choosing one thing over the other always has an opportunity cost. It will depend on how we value our life that will determine the lasting effect of that decision. I have decided that one of the most important things I can do to enhance my long term health, happiness, quality of relationships and life is to be mindful of everything that occurs. Balance, generating an inner peace, creating the potential for mindful life has a positive opportunity cost, one in which I accept and desire to invest in daily.
I would love to inspire you to feel the same way.
Mindfulness includes acceptance, meaning that I need to pay attention to my thoughts and feelings without judging them. I trust, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. Understanding the concept of mindfulness is worth the opportunity cost, because not believing leads to stress, illness, failure and unhappiness.
Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn established the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Since the beginning MBSR has evolved into a common form of complementary medicine addressing a variety of health problems. The efficacy of MBSR is evolving into a major factor of holistic living, and one in which I feel has aided in my own self awareness and self-improvement.
Janice Marturano is the founder and Executive Director of the Institute for Mindful Leadership and author of a fabulous book “Finding Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership“ where she leads and guides us to a new place, one that you want to become part of for sure.
Becoming mindful, interviewing leading mindfulness authorities such as Janice Marturano has proven to me that becoming aware of how mindfulness works is something that is dearly needed in today’s fast paced lifestyle.
Self- actualization and embracing our humanness by tweaking the small things begins when you understand that self-improvement is a life long journey of incremental steps. That we are not limited, in fact we are limitless in our ability to reach goals and aspirations.
The opportunity cost of not becoming aware to the power of mindfulness is a cost that I am not willing to take. My hope and dream for all of our work is that you become inspired to look into this topic on a deeper level.
Let’s not allow the constant demands of daily life make us all a juggling act, life is too precious and too short.