The Sacrifices You Make

People who are good at something might make it look easy, but that doesn’t mean it is. At times, we all wish things were easier. We convince ourselves that some people have a genetic advantage or are luckier than we are, but neither idea is true. Unfortunately, the easiest excuses are the ones we give ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy because we are the easiest person to fool. But let’s not fool ourselves. Great achievement comes from great sacrifice.

Things don’t just happen by chance. You have to sacrifice to get what you want. Actually, you get to sacrifice to be who you want to be. Although individual situations are different, you can choose to improve right where you are with what you have. Seemingly small choices can be made at this moment to improve who you are. And you are the only one who can choose to make this change. Don’t wait for someone to come save you because they never will. Your only obstacle stopping you from where you want to go is what you tell yourself and what you do. To get something, you must give something. We all can give something.

To assume people are “naturals” only hurts you. People who are viewed as naturally gifted are assumed to have great genetics. The problem is that genetics rarely gives you what you need to be successful. Genetics lay the foundation for success, but you have to do the work and make the choices. Unfortunately, great genetics are detrimental to many people. Believing that successful people are naturals gives you the excuse to not try. Lao Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Assuming that people are naturals causes you to never try; to never take that one step that could make all the difference. Instead, you can believe people are where they are because of their hard work, sacrifice, and the choices they make. By looking at it this way, you give yourself a chance. You choose to take that first step.

Although this is not a huge surprise, you will only sacrifice if something is important to you. If it is important, you have to give something up to get it. You don’t know if it is important until you decide to commit to it all the time. It is easy to say you want something because it is easy to utter words. It is difficult to act them out. The challenge lies in the actions you take, not the words you say. You prove your commitment to yourself when your actions follow your words at all times.

Keep in mind that you sacrifice either way. You can choose to sacrifice for what you want by giving up your excuses and taking the necessary steps to eliminate things holding you back. Saying no to unnecessary things frees up time to focus on the things that matter. Eliminating social media gives you more time to study and think. Avoiding poor food choices allows you to feel and perform better, leading to a healthier mind and body. Like these positive changes, sacrifice also happens the other way. You can choose to indulge in social media and unhealthy food, but you will need to accept the sacrifices that come with these choices. Indulging in these things sacrifices your ability to learn and become healthy. The choice is yours to make, and there are sacrifices either way. While you don’t get to choose your results, you do get to choose your sacrifices.

The possibilities are endless with the right sacrifices. The right ones are available to you, but it is your responsibility to choose them. No matter if you choose to go after what you want or not, sacrifices will be made. You will give up what you want now for long-term rewards or give up long-term payoff for what you want now. Either way you sacrifice. What you achieve is the result of the choices you make and the things you give up.

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