My gym offers free Pilates classes. (Actually, they’re included in the membership, which means “free” in my book.) Not much gear is involved in these classes–a mat or a small inflatable ball—but you get a great workout.
They also offer smaller classes where a trainer leads the group in doing Pilates using machines called “Reformers.” These classes are good, too, slightly better than the “free” ones, but they cost extra money.
Guess which classes I actually show up to? Yep, not the free ones.
I’m also taking a meditation class. No gear at all needed here, so clearly I could do this myself. This class is by voluntary donation. But you don’t have to donate. I donate. In fact, I donate a bit more than feels comfortable; but it’s still not a lot of money.
Guess how many of these meditation class sessions I’ve missed? In the last five months, I’ve missed two sessions, one because I goofed up the time, and the other because of a work appointment. Otherwise, I’m there.
I pay Credible Communications to help me with this newsletter. And it gets out, twice a month, without fail.
I don’t pay anyone to help me with my blog or Facebook posts. Hence…
Do I have to pay someone to help me with everything?
Not quite. Evidently I only have to pay for help on things that are the “Important, Not Urgent.”
Everything else seems to get done, or skipped–whatever seems right.
I guess it comes down to my figuring out what’s really important, and then if I have to spend money on it to get it done, I do that. If something is important, it’s worth spending money on. And when I do spend money on something, I show up for it.
What’s your experience? Are you more accountable to things, classes, projects, etc. that you have to pay for? I’d love to hear. Comment below.