In the last post, I spoke about sacrifice being the key to change. I ended with the following concept: You can only know you sacrificed enough once you have achieved your goals. Until then, the sacrifice wasn’t enough.
That’s only half the story.
The idea that you need to sacrifice more, more, more, until you’ve achieved the goal might sound a bit daunting. But it doesn’t have to be.
For some strange reason, our culture doesn’t like the term “sacrifice.” It sees it as a bad thing, something to be avoided, something to cheat out of. Getting something for nothing is always better. Any sacrifice needed to achieve your goals should be minimized as much as possible.
What do you think would happen if you sacrificed an abusive relationship? What would happen if you sacrificed a dead-end job that didn’t make you happy? What would happen if you sacrificed your ego to listen to a different perspective? Although not guaranteed, I like to think your life would improve for the better.
The price you need to pay for success will always be high, but it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It is possible to structure your life so that you sacrifice the things that hold you back and keep the things that move you forward.
Is it possible to only sacrifice bad things to lead to success? If this is the case, then why doesn’t everyone just do this? That sounds easy.
That’s the journey I want to highlight for you if you want to be a High Performer with a close connection to a Higher Power. Low performance isn’t due to a lack of ability. Low performance is the inability to understand what parts of one’s life are negative and what parts are positive. If you can’t tell what is helping you versus what is hurting you, how are you going to be able to cut out the things that are hurting you?
If you’re sacrificing in such a way that it becomes harder and harder to push forward, it implies that you haven’t fully clarified your values in life. Superficial positive thinking during this struggle will only help you perpetuate this confused state. If taken to the extreme, you may have succeeded in the end, but you will have sacrificed too much to get there. That is an unfulfilling end to a hardworking life.
The way out is to always seek to gain greater and greater clarity on yourself.