True success requires sacrifice – Rick Riordan
Sacrifice plays a major role in the pursuit of personal and professional growth. Unproductive habits need to be discarded and replaced by focused effort and hard work in order for you to take your project from concept to completion.
It can be hard to give up the comfortable and familiar routines that have engrained themselves in your life, however, nothing worthwhile comes from your comfort zone.
Fear can also take hold as you begin to venture into unfamiliar territory. Remember to take small steps and go at your own pace. With each small step your project will gain momentum, creating a snowball effect that will propel you down the path to success.
So the questions you need to ask yourself are:
What is really important to me? What do I value in life? What am I willing to give up in order to create my ideal life? What comforts can I let go of to create more time? Here’s a list of my own sacrifices:
- A comfortable government job (working as a psychiatric nurse)
- a lively social life
- brand name clothes
- fancy cars
- unnecessary consumer goods.
Having said that, it’s also important that we identify aspects of our life that we’re not willing to sacrifice. For me these were:
- Time with family
There may be some short-term pain involved when making sacrifices. This could be anything from food cravings to a reduction in income. What matters is that you keep your eyes on the prize. Use your new found time to focus on, and work hard toward your desired outcome. Do the work and the rewards will soon follow.
One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it – Sidney Howard