Counting the Costs

 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28

When I worked for the church, this was one of my boss’s favorite verses. After all I worked in the business office for the church and he was an accountant. While, I had examples set for me throughout my life about how to manage my finances. One thing I began to realize while working at the church was the financial cost was not the only cost you had to be aware of. 

I was meeting with small church leaders, and non-profit leaders, as well as those who dreamed of starting a church or non-profit. Since the common theme to these entities is to bring in tithes, and donations, many of the people I would sit with would have a “business” plan for how to handle getting and spending the donor dollars. The one thing they over looked was the cost of their time, their energy, and even the cost of relationships that building these things cost them. 

The same can be said for entrepreneurs, if you are focused on the sale, and not the relationship, you are missing a huge cost that could destroy your whole business. 

But let’s get personal, are you trying to build yourself up to be something you are not? Are you living a life of fake it til you make it, just hoping you will make it before you are discovered you are faking? 

Counting the costs does not just work in the non-profit or for profit world, it works in our everyday life. Where we spend our time, our energy, and our money. 

A mentor once told me that one of the things he noticed while he traveled around to meet with high net worth individuals, was that the bigger the wealth the small the TV’s and the bigger the libraries. Another words, the higher wealth individuals were not concerned with what was going on with reality TV, or even the news, instead they were focused on learning more, and improving themselves. They were not caught in a game of comparisons, hoping not to get caught faking it. Also, because their life did not revolve around Netflix and chill they were able to see with a broader vision of where they were going and what they were doing. 

Whatever journey you are on today, I challenge you to count the cost mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually and monetarily to truly understand what your journey will cost you.

Daily DIVAS Challenge:

  1. Do a self Assesment of where you are and where you want to be?
  2. What is the cost of achieving your goals?
  3. Begin weaning yourself off of the the things that are distracting you from your goals.

About Angie Leigh Monroe

Angie Leigh Monroe is an International Speaker, Strategist, and Consultant whose expertise guides people to identify and obliterate obstacles. Her innovate approach will ALIGN you with strategic partnerships, ACTIVATE your purpose and CALIBRATE your potential to encounter even more opportunities. She a has founded: Angie Leigh Monroe, Inc is the parent company for her consulting and speaking business as well as her legacy projects. D.I.V.A.S. Impact - Empowers and Equips a global community of women change-agents making a positive impact in the world we live in. Veteran DIVAS – Which Empowers and Equips veteran women as they tackle the next big thing in their lives. Warrior DIVAS | Real Talk for Real Women Podcast - Dedicated to empowering and equipping women all across the globe to ensure each woman knows her worth and how to walk boldly and confidently in all areas of her life! A show for DIVAS who are defining their purpose, inspiring others, from a point of victory, and accountability as we build a strong, powerful sisterhood of women who are willing to be vulnerable in order to help another sister RISE! Angie is a native Texan, Navy veteran and Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team. This year she celebrates 27 years of marriage to her husband Michael who she met while in the Navy, they have 3 children and 2 grandchildren as well as several other bonus kids who call them family!