Are You Willing To Sacrifice To Reach Your Goals?

by derek on September 27, 2007 · 28 comments

How much are you willing to sacrifice in order to reach your goals?

Many of the goals that you set for yourself will not be easy to achieve without some degree of sacrifice on your part. You might have a goal of improving your physical fitness but that is going to be very difficult to achieve if you cannot make the sacrifice of sticking to a healthy eating plan and exercising regularly.

It is very easy to make excuses as to why you cannot achieve your goals but often times it comes down to the fact that you were not able to make the necessary sacrifices.

Last night I was watching the latest episode of The Ultimate Fighter and could not help but think that the fighter eliminated in the first episode is not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to reach his goal of being in the UFC. Since being eliminated, Joe Scarola has been whining about how he wants to go home and be with his girlfriend. Chances are that those thoughts were in his mind as he was being submitted during his fight as well.

If you give up on your goals at the first sign of adversity, you are going to have a very difficult time achieving any of your goals.

Tonight I was chatting with a friend of mine about an old project that we had been working on but put on the shelf when we did not achieve the results we had been hoping for in the beginning. As we were talking about this project we questioned how much we would have to do in order to resurrect this project and get it to where we need to be.

Our initial thought is that we can each spend approximately two hours per night working on this project and get it hammered out in about two weeks.

Is it going to be easy to do? Not by a long shot.

Between my day job, blogging and the time I like to spend with my family it will be hard to set aside two hours each night. In order to achieve this goal I will be required to sacrifice some of the time I spend each night reading and commenting on other blogs, working on my own blogs and maybe even some of my play time with the kids.

I’m at a point where I need to decide if I truly believe in this project and the goal that we have. If I do believe in the goal then I need to commit to making the sacrifices necessary to provide the two hours per night to work on this project. Time will tell if I can follow through as it is easier to say you will make the sacrifices than it is to actually make the sacrifices.

Take a look at your own goals and honestly evaluate whether or not you are willing to sacrifice in order to reach your goals.

Would you rather “veg” in front of the TV as the season premiers kick off or do you want to work towards your goals? Do you want to go out with your friends on Friday night or do you want to work towards your goals? Is that burger and Coke more important than your goals?

The sacrifices you need to make will be dependent on your goals but when the rubber meets the road, you need to decide what is more important to you.

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