To quote from an article entitled 5 Things That Keep You Stuck with a Cheater written by Chump Lady.
“It’s hard to walk away from an investment, even a bad one. In fact (there’s some law in economics about it), the MORE you invest, the harder it is to walk away, even when you know you’re losing!”
More often than not, when we invest in something that matters to us, be it in business, education, ministry, or relationship, we give our everything expecting a greater reward. We work hard for that GREATER REWARD so bad, we focus on the end goal, the price, the result of our sacrifice, and emotional yoyo’s— that one day, it’ll all be worth it.
The problem is, we mostly expect too much when we invest in something that we deemed beneficial for us. We call that nowadays as OPTIMISM.
I am going to be successful.
It’ll pay off some day.
We hope. We expect. We anticipate. We desire. We look forward. We envision. We foresee. All these aren’t even happening yet— and even so, these words are always partnered with something good. Our brain immediately go to GOOD, BETTER, AND BEST RESULT!
We fail to consider the what ifs of our EXPECTANT heart.
What if we are wrong?
What if we fail?
What if we make a stupid mistake of believing it’ll work?
Isn’t it necessary for the investor to have a fall back when things doesn’t work? It’s always laid out! Plans A to Z! If it doesn’t work, maybe Plan 1 to infinity?
That’s the sad part about investing, we look forward to best but we always doesn’t get the best. So we keep going. And the most exhausting part? Us!
We become our enemy. We beat ourselves when we don’t get the right outcome or for some, the PERFECT outcome.
Then we force ourselves to believe and compare our outcomes to others. It took inventors to try 99 times, I should too! It might work on my 110th! And I’ll get the result that I want.
There goes HOPE one more time.
When are we going to admit,
It is a BAD investment?
What should be taken as a sign?
When to stop and move on completely. To not even think of the consequences of giving up.
I finally understood why my grandmother had given an odd advice in marriage.
Because I questioned my investments this year and I am not peaceful at all.
YELLOW, RED, OR GREEN?
Left turn, right turn, or u turn?
For all it’s worth? Really? How? Why? In what way?
You tell me. Coz I don’t have the PERFECT ANSWER TO ALL THESE MIND NUMBING DECISIONS.
Because, I AM STILL WAITING FOR MY ASSURANCE.