Sacrifice is the key to change. The reason is because sacrifice is the key to doing anything worthwhile in life. Sacrifice is unavoidable. Most people want to focus on the goal, the dream, the ultimate prize. But the people who succeed and who perform at a high level are able to definitively point to the sacrifices they made to get to where they are.
Why is this the case? Is there a trick? Can you avoid sacrificing to achieve your goals? Can you have it all?
There are 24 hours in a day and 7 days a week. How you spend your time determines your future. One hour spent on one thing is an hour lost on other things. This is the basic structure of our reality. Until we can do some form of time travel or time manipulation, sacrifice will always be always necessary for success.
However, sacrifice is not necessarily a bad thing. If you really reflect on your life, you’ll find that there are many sacrifices worth making. If you want to be healthier, you need to sacrifice smoking cigarettes. If you want to be more productive, you might need to sacrifice Facebook. If you want to personally grow, you might need to sacrifice your inflated ego.
Not all sacrifices are bad. However, identifying the sacrifice allows you to get to the core of what is preventing you from changing for the better. But necessary sacrifice isn’t always obvious. If you sacrifice smoking to become healthier, you might be bringing more anxiety to your life. What do you need to sacrifice to keep that anxiety at a manageable level? What in your life forces you to need a chemical relief? If you really need that anxiety reducer in the form of smoking, are you unwittingly sacrificing your health to get through the day? Were Cigarettes really the thing preventing you from being healthier?
You can sacrifice anything you want to gain anything you want. But how do you what to sacrifice? How much should you sacrifice? You can only know you sacrificed enough once you have achieved your goals. Until then, the sacrifice wasn’t enough.
Unfortunately, most of us just pursue our goals without identifying our sacrifice. What ends up happening is a life where the sacrifices are made without your knowledge. That leads to an unhappy life, regardless of whether you achieved your goals. That’s not the type of change you’re looking for in your life. You’re looking for more.