“Success is simple once you accept how hard it will be.”
In other words, when you see what challenges will stand in the way of your ultimate dreams and goals, you can better assess and plan how you will overcome them.
Overcoming obstacles comes with sacrifice. You can`t have success without it. For example, you could make a sacrifice that allows more time to focus on what really matters, achiving your goals. Something small, like skipping a night out drinking with friends. Or the ever daunting task of giving up social media for a period of time! (Dun dun dun!)
My personal `time-efficient` sacrifice came from one of my new year`s goals, to boycott television, something I haven`t been overly thrilled with, but still has some minor difficulties since most of society is so consumed by it.
This has boosted the time I have to focus on daily tasks towards ultimate fulfillment.
One more sacrifice I made more recently, also boosting the time I have in a day, is the sacrifice of sleep. Getting up at 4 in the morning, 2 hours before I leave for work, allowing me to get some of MY priorities done first thing. I`ve also been getting up between 5 and 7 (usually 7) on weekends too.
I love how much I can get done in a day and the factor of time is at a minimal. Now it`s all about sticking to daily to do lists.
Now I want to hear from you. What are some of the sacrifices, big or small, that you have made in order to achieve any goal you set for yourself. Or to improve yourself in general. Maybe you`ve commited to a challenging workout routine or dedicated yourself in going fully organic… You are not limited here, any sacrifice will do.
P.S. So we know sacrifices are vital for success. With the sacrifices you have made, feel free to share your success stories too. We`d love to hear them!
Wishing you much success.
I actually took some of Jordan’s advice. (Creator of HE.) Accomplish your to do list immediately. Don’t let it sit unless you absolutely have to. Annoying sometimes, absolutely. But it de clutters my brain and gets me focused on what needs to be focused on.
Get rid of the things you don’t need. Make it do or do without.
I’ve recently cut WAY back on my meat and dairy intake… I try to stay away from gluten. I eat a ton of vegetables now. I feel a ton better and I don’t need coffee nearly as much as I did before I started. I actually feel the difference now and I’ve lost 20 lbs. Yey.
@stereofidelic, I agree on finishing your to do list immediately. Keep the momentum going. A to do list “stucture” I came across, and have found to be very effective is dividing it into 3 sections. The first being your Daily Tasks. The next section, your Ongoing Projects and finally, in the last section, write down the things you want but have no idea how to get (this is suppose to allow your subconcious mind to search for the answers while you sleep)
I’ve been making a slow switch to organic eating. I do get a mix of “crap” in my diet but I have already noticed differences in energy levels, especially after a meal, which actually leaves me satisfied, as opposed to that “i’m still hungry” feeling.
Thanks for your input!
@rockstar204, funny you mention television because I have dramatically but back on it myself. I watch movies with my girl sometimes but if she has the tv on I’m reading. I have come to despise 99% of television because its all mindless bull shit with reality tv and infomercials and insanely stupid mind numbing commercials.
Sacrificing that has allowed to more time to read which I have learned a lot from. It’s also given me time to work on my cookbook I’m writing and work on my drawing skills as well.
I have also drastically cut back on my drinking which has been amazing because I used to get terrible heart burn and hangovers. So with cutting back there and changing my diet I feel great.
I also wake up early, not 4am early but 6am and I don’t have to start work til 8 but it allows me to have my fruit smoothie and tea in the morning and do a morning walk. It’s great.
Definitely sacrificing those things made me realize how much better life is when you get away from the things most of society is doing daily. Keep making sacrifices and you will see those things were useless in your life. While before it seemed you couldn’t live without them.
@reinvented2012, It’s hard to find people who feel the same way about television. I try to explain to my dad how it’s brainwashing. He just thinks I’m crazy.
The cookbook sounds like a cool project. Consider making an ebook form of it, that could boost its success tremendously. (Just my two cents if you plan to get it out there.)
I love that last sentence you wrote. Very motivational, and very true. Keep it up and best of luck!
I have recently stopped doing things as well. Except I called it “purging waste” instead of sacrifice.
Stopped smoking, stopped watching 2-4 hours of series and movies daily, stopped playing online games, and a few other tweaks I’m working on within myself.
What I’m doing with my free time is studying and being more social. A mix I am really enjoying for now. I feel like I am progressing in my career goals and interpersonal relationships where I was just wasting my time before on entertainment.
Why do people call it sacrifice, when the things they “sacrifice” are shitty and pointless
Seriously, TV and sleeping in… wow. Those things aren’t worth jack shit, it’s no sacrifice to get rid of them, it’s a reward for crying out loud. You’re not sacrificing something for a reward, you’re making a good step and getting multiple rewards.
Time, energy, possessions, feelings, connections, those are things you can sacrifice for real.
Trading something shitty for something good is not a sacrifice, it’s just a big upgrade.