There is no decision we can make that doesn’t come with some sort of balance or sacrifice. – Simon Sinek
What are you willing to give up in order to pursue what you really want? What are you willing to let go of for the sake of your dream? What might you have to leave behind because it’s not helping you get where you want to go?
A key ingredient to an entrepreneur’s success is to embrace those moments where your dream will require a measure of sacrifice.
True sacrifice is giving up something of current value to invest in something of greater value.
There are many areas of our lives that hinder us from chasing after our hopes because we don’t want to forfeit our comfort zone.
The most important decision about your goals is not what you are willing to do to achieve them, but what you are willing to give up. – Dave Ramsey
When we sincerely believe there’s a bigger picture awaiting us, sometimes we have to resign oneself to what is comfortably familiar because it no longer benefits the ultimate goal.
Q1: What’s comfortable in your life but not beneficial to your ultimate goal?
As Tony Robbins famously coined, “Anything you want that’s valuable requires you to break through short-term pain in order to gain long-term pleasure.”
Are we willing to let go of our presuppositions that got us from where we were to where we are? They got us this far, but no farther. It served its purpose, and now it’s time to sacrifice them because what once nourished you is now hindering you from ultimate success. (A great book to read is Marshall Goldsmith’s, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful.)
When I listen to inspiring leaders, I hear a recurring theme. They share stories in their professional journeys where it was required of them to give something up for the sake of pursuing something greater. They chose to make their sacrifices because they knew they had to let go of their normal in return for their extraordinary.
Q2: What might you have to relinquish today for the sake of your bright exuberant future?
He who would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would achieve much must sacrifice much; he who would attain highly, must sacrifice greatly. – James Allen
A gentle reminder that sacrifice stems from a place of purpose, not self-gratification. Sacrifice comes with a cost, but always remember you’re choosing something of greater value. You will know you’ve made a sacrifice because that choice will stretch you outside your comfort levels.
– Karen Thrall
*also published on www.karenthrall.com