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A couple of years ago I went to the cinema for one of nephew’s birthday.
He was going with some mates to see the latest Avengers film (End Game) and wanted his favourite / only (that he particularly sees anyway) Uncle there too.
I’ll be honest, the Avengers stuff / most of the last decade has passed me by.
Having googled, I’d seen Guardians of the Galaxy.
Just missed the other 18 up to that point 😉
So I watched Infinity War and a YouTube recap in preparation.
I enjoyed it.
No where near as much as my nephew and his mates who were excited at a level I probably haven’t been since I was 13.
But it was good.
I quite liked that Thanos guy.
Wiping out half of the universe is a bit naughty, of course.
But he had a point.
And he was a man of values.
He was doing what he felt needed to be done.
And was willing to pay the price.
Immediately after ‘the snap’ (where he wiped out half the universe), Thanos is transported to somewhere where his daughter Gamora is (I’m googling this).
Gamora: Did you do it?
Gamora: What did it cost?
See there was a cost.
To him and others.
And he was willing to pay it.
Because there’s always a cost.
We sometimes don’t realise that.
Every “Yes” to something is a “No” to something else.
Every decision has consequences.
Positive, negative and neutral.
Or, more likely, a mixture of all three.
And which of these (and to what extent) will vary person to person, depending on what is important to them.
And vary throughout their day and life too.
But those costs are always there.
And we can perform a CBA on these decisions.
Cost Benefit Analysis.
Look at the pros and cons.
Shorter term and longer term.
Weigh them up.
Maybe question them.
When we ‘Can’t Be Ar$ed’ there are pros and cons to those decisions.
Costs and Benefits.
The Benefit might be ‘ease’.
Use of time for something else we’re valuing more at that point.
The cost could be feeling a bit worse later or tomorrow or ongoing.
It could be that it’s that little vote in the ‘wrong’ direction for the person we see ourselves becoming (making it more likely we’ll make that decision again next time).
It could be a little broken promise to our self or someone else.
We can CBA the opposite decision.
The doing a workout.
The ‘better’ food choice.
The costs might be time.
Maybe having to overcome that internal resistance to doing it.
Perhaps concern over how other people might see us or feel about that decision.
A sense of satisfaction.
A vote for us being or becoming that kind of person.
There’s no right or wrong.
It’s your call.
But remembering that there’s a cost and benefit to every decision could help you question that decision.
Next time you CBA to do something, do a CBA on that thing.
Jon ‘The Mad Titan The Great Titan’ Hall