(Principles are basic truths that, when applied, cause success to come to you easier and quicker.)


It seems that most of us have been taught variations of the model that “anything really valuable comes with a high cost.” Not true. If you want to continue to pay a high price for lessons, learning, and growth, you may. There’s not a thing wrong with running that model. But it’s a decision you made somewhere along the line.

If, however, you would like to lower your cost of growth, start by….choosing to do so. “I have a choice?” Yes, you do. Your world is full of opportunities to learn at a low cost. You first have to decide to look for them.

Look for resistance. Resistance is your guide to low-cost learning. Resistance — or absence of flow — is an indication you are off your path. Ask why.

Look for energy. Sometimes struggle is a source of energy. Ask if there is a lower-cost source of energy. Accomplishment, perhaps.

Look for Needs. An unmet emotional need can cause you to do things (high cost things) you ordinarily wouldn’t do, in order to get the need met. Ask what Needs are present.

Stay in the inquiry and, one by one, you will find lower cost lessons.


Coaching Point: What’s a really low-cost lesson you’ve learned recently?


Copyright 2008 Steve Straus. All rights reserved.