By now if you follow sports you have likely heard that Lance Armstrong is no longer going to contest the USADA’s charges that he’s a cheat. Of course, a lot of folks assume that this means he’s guilty but doesn’t want the evidence shared with the world at large. Guilty or not, fighting the allegations are a serious drain on his resources. What drain?
- Money: It costs a lot of money to keep lawyers engaged in these fights. Worse, there’s no end in sight.
- Time: Every moment spent fighting the charges is a moment he can’t use elsewhere. Time is one resource we can’t make more of. When a moment is gone, it’s gone permanently.
- Energy: Fighting allegations, true or not, is draining. This fight is sapping his energy and his motivation for other things that may be important to him.
Of course, by conserving these resources, he is taking a hit on another one:
- Reputation: Folks who might previously have backed Lance could see the decision to quit as a tacit admission of guilt. We are already seeing this happening.
The point is that everything we do consumes some of our resources. Some of those resources are renewable. Others, like time, are not. It is up to us to use our resources effectively. The different decisions we make will determine how our resources are consumed. Sometimes we should choose to do something other than what folks are telling us to do. When this is the case, we need to make sure we’ve thought it through and we understand or have some idea of the cost. We should not be afraid to make a decision that runs counter to what others are telling us, because we know ourselves and our situations best. This is especially true if what folks are telling us to do are too costly on our resources. The key to remember is that these decisions are ours. We should not abdicate them. Otherwise, we may find that the lack of decisiveness on a particular decision has left us resource starved for something we really want to do.