What Sacrifices Are You Willing to Make to Get What You Want?

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To get from where you are now, to where you want to be, there will have to be sacrifices that you must make.

Making sacrifices is something we all wish we didn’t have to do. Can’t we get six pack abs and still eat anything we want every day? Can’t we have a successful online business that allows us to quit our job without giving up watching TV four hours every night after work?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Despite how badly many people want change in their life, they’re unwilling to make the necessary sacrifices to get it.

Achieving goals does not come without making sacrifices. Making positive changes in your life doesn’t come without giving up something.

Let’s go over some of the sacrifices you will have to make if you want to achieve your goals and make changes in your life.

Comfort Zone

This is an important one so I’m going to mention it first.

You have to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. For too long, you’ve lived in your comfort zone, and that’s why you now feel stuck in life. You’re not growing. You’ve stopped learning. You have the same habits and thoughts. They’re slowly killing you on the inside.

You’re afraid the unknown. You’re afraid to fail. You’re afraid to make mistakes. You’re afraid you will look stupid.

You have to stop feeling safe because being where you are right now isn’t brining you what you want in life.

Television

The average person watches 4 hours of TV a day. That’s 28 hours a week. In a 65 year life, that person will have spent 9 years watching TV.

Yet the average person complains about not having time to do anything else.

If this is you, you need to cut back on watching TV. I’m not suggesting you give it up completely, but figure out what you want to watch and record it. That way when you watch it later, you can fast forward through the commercials further saving you more time.

The biggest problem is when you mindlessly watch TV. You’re channel surfing to find something remotely interesting to watch.

Those hours watching TV means no time to start that business, write that book, spend time with family, or go to the gym.

At the end of your life are you going to wish you had watched less mindless TV? Yes you will. You will wished you had done something productive with all that time you had.

The Internet

It’s a powerful resource, but it’s also a rabbit hole. You can spend a couple hours easily going from one link to the next. You’re doing anything to distract yourself. You’re just wasting time.

Don’t complain that you aren’t happy with your life, but spend hours every day on the internet.

The internet can be a great resource. Reading articles like this one that benefit you is great. Reading interviews about successful people inspires you. There are articles on any topic you want to learn more about.

You’ll have to give up mindlessly clicking from link to link, watching endless Youtube videos, and being a zombie just staring at your screen.

Sleep

If you want more time in the day, then you might have to sacrifice an extra hour or two of sleep.

The mornings are the best time to get things done. You’re awake before anyone else in your house is. It’s quiet and free from distractions. You can use that time to go through your morning routine, go exercise, or work on your side business.

Need help getting up early and not hitting the snooze button all morning? Sleep earlier, make sure your bedroom is at a cool temperature, no electronic devices an hour before bed, and no caffeine after 2pm.

Perfection

You have to know that everyone who is successful now were beginners at one point. They went through growing pains and made stupid mistakes. They likely failed on their first, second, and third attempt.

It won’t be a smooth ride. You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to have doubts along the way.

If you’re waiting to learn as much as you can so that everything will go perfectly, then you will never start and you will never finish. Because I guarantee it won’t go as planned and when you encounter your first obstacle, you will easily give up because you expected everything to go perfectly.

Give up being perfect.

How to not make any sacrifices

You can do so by staying the way you are. You don’t do anything different. Everything in your life is comfortable. But with comfort comes a feeling of unhappiness, restlessness, disappointment, and frustration. You have a desire to do more in life. You badly want to turn your life around.

It’s not happening because you haven’t been willing to make the sacrifices needed.

Nothing comes easy.

Nothing comes without making sacrifices in your life.

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  • Hi Benny. I agree with the stuff you mention in this post. However, I would like to add an important point from my experience: making the sacrifices and effort alone is not enough for success. Good decision-making is required. Blind effort is detrimental at many times too. Learning from mistakes is something everyone should do. From own mistakes and from other people’s mistakes. Some people say “Yeah I learn from my mistakes” but after a span of time, they forget about their mistakes. Our human brains are just so big. I found, from my experience, that keeping notebooks where I write down all the analysis of mistakes and discoveries and referring to them the next time I set off to a new venture. And also I immediately write down something that I find to be working very well! So next time, I don’t have to “recall”. You know I have experienced situations when I recalled wrongly, costing me some success as a result of some un-undoable damage. There is a quote: “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it”.

    Also, by having great decision-making skills, higher wisdom and broader experience, we can determine what is and isn’t a good venture. For example, we can recognize job scams and not put effort into those…

    Again, thanks for the article. And no doubt. Without sacrifice, there is no change, and no success. Even winning the lottery will not ensure someone success if they don’t sacrifice some time/effort/money to learn how to use the money (wisdom). They might just gamble the winnings away and end up worse than before…

  • Colleen Kelly

    Hey Benny. 🙂 Really great post! I would say mine from this list would be the comfort zone. Though I am better then I was at it. If it scares me, I get mad and want to dive into whatever it is. lol 🙂 Thanks Benny!! 🙂