The Sacrifices on The Way to Success: Why Are They Necessary 389

the sacrifices you make on the way to success

Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.
Napoleon Hill

In order to get, you’ll have to give.

And that’s not bad. Just the contrary, it makes it all meaningful, lets us enjoy the reward, lets us deserve it.
But people don’t like to have ‘less’ of something. They feel they’ve lost this way.

And that approach gets them nowhere most of the times.

Truth is, sacrifices are just one of the steps on your way to achieving what you want in life that can’t be skipped.

Here are a few examples:

• in order to finish your book, you sacrifice all your time for a certain period;
• getting up early means not going to the party the night before (or at least going home before the best part starts, if you’ve got that amount of willpower);
• getting fit requires you to give up on your favorite foods;
• for a new business you invest all the money you have;
• before a test you sacrifice many nights of sleep;
• to be with your loved one you’re ready to say ‘no’ to every other person you can be with and to accept the chance of being hurt;
• in order to do your best on your current project, you stop working on many other things and pay your full attention to it;
• to become a doctor and make your dream come true, you invest most of your life in getting the right education and experience;
• saying ‘yes’ to one job opportunity means saying ‘no’ to many others;

and so on.

And the first thing you have to do is accept the sacrifices.

They’re a crucial part of your personal development.

And everyone who’s ever succeeded has done it.

Here’s what Mark Manson (one of my favorite bloggers) says in “No, You Can’t Have it All”:

“If you’ve ever taken an economics class, one of the first things you learn is a concept called “opportunity cost,” an idea often illustrated with the quote, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”

Opportunity cost means that essentially everything you do, no matter what it is, costs something, even if indirectly. The classic example is when someone takes you out for a free, hour-long lunch. Despite gaining the value of the lunch during that hour, you are still giving up all of the other productive activities you could have potentially been doing.

So you give up doing an extra hour of work. An extra hour of sleep. An extra hour of sales calls that could net you a new client. Or, as in the case with El-Erian, an extra hour with your 10-year-old daughter.

In our culture, we regularly celebrate people who become rich by doing exceptional things. But the nature of those “exceptional things” often requires extremely high opportunity costs. Bill Gates famously slept in his office five days a week and remained single well into his 30s. Steve Jobs was a deadbeat father to his first daughter. Brad Pitt can’t leave his house without being bukkaked by flashbulbs and cameras. The man has stated that he’s gone through periods of depression due to the social isolation caused by his extreme fame.

The point is that doing anything truly great requires some sort of inherent sacrifice that may or may not be immediately obvious.”

So are sacrifices necessary?

Absolutely. And they’re a great thing.

Here’s why:

5 Reasons Sacrifices Need to Be Made to Reach Your Goals

1. Balance is an illusion, we can’t have it all with all the opportunities offered these days.

So we say ‘no’ to at least a dozen of things, when we say ‘yes’ to something we want.

2. To make a dream come true, you need to be fully concentrated on it and focus all your energy and effort into doing something about it daily.

For that to happen, you need to give up on all the others things that are distracting you, and that you may like or enjoy, but which aren’t as important as this one dream.

3. They make you stronger, build your willpower and discipline, and help you grow.
4. Only by making sacrifices can you truly appreciate what you get.
5. If you decide to have it all, you don’t enjoy anything.

So many things will require your attention that you’ll end up being discontent and stressed.

So that’s why sacrifices are a necessity.

Next time you give something in order to get more of what you desire, don’t feel bad. Don’t feel like something’s being taken away from you.
Instead, know that you have a priority, know what you want in life, are working to get it, and are willing to give up comfort and stuff that gives you instant gratification in order to achieve it.

That’s the way to success.

What do you give in order to get more of something else? Do you invest time, sleep, effort and energy, or give up some of the stuff you’re used to and enjoy doing?

What sacrifices do you make?

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Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion 12

Hunt Down Your Goals and Become Fearless Like a Lion

To be fearless is to dare yourself to think new thoughts, take risks, fail and find the courage to start again.

In order to change, you must face the uncomfortable, because fear is not supposed to run you. Instead, it is a call to action.

We all have fear and we must never let it paralyze our dreams. If 2017 was an unsuccessful year, hopefully, this article will inspire you to take action.

I know how it feels when you are tired of listening to those inner voices of doubt. Slowly, the anger builds up inside. Despite those feelings, you can channel fear and anger in the right way and start to hunt for your dreams. Throughout my life, I felt a renewed hunger and drive to succeed when I simply let go of denial, accepted full responsibility and took affirmative action.

“Everybody wants to eat but a few are willing to hunt”

In today’s cold reality humans do not like to see anyone other than themselves succeed. Most will never take the next step to improve their life or the lives of their future generations to come. We are pushing towards survival of the fittest.

Tell me, when a lion hunts does it care what is in its way? No. The lion is in pursuit because it is relentless.

You must become the king of the jungle. All the things that make up our lives are in intricate balance and you must fight to protect your dreams.

1. Be fearless like a lion.

A lion has no fear of any challenge, so how do I become fearless?

My simple answer to overcoming fear is that I wake up with the burning desire in my heart. The burning desire is created by repeating positive affirmations like I CAN and I WILL.

Hidden somewhere deep down within you, there is that courage to dare yourself.

Ask yourself who is really stopping you? Go out there and let loose and you will learn what great lengths you are capable of going to.

Your first job before you start hunting is to find the fighter within you.

2. Know your limits and then defy them.

You’ve reached a certain limit but just can’t seem to go that extra mile. Once you become fearless, you become limitless.

A mind that is fearless has the urge to take more action and that is where you become defiant. Try your best to understand what you are doing wrong as sometimes it is easy to give up hope. So focus your attention on studying the obstacle in detail.

As you achieve one goal, you have the mental capacity, maturity and experience to face a new challenge. Therefore, your hunger and appetite for more success increase. Keep pushing no matter what and you will eventually break through.

I know for sure it is difficult at first, but now you’ve successfully defied the odds.

3. Think of a plan, visualize it and execute it.

A lion stalks its prey from a distance and seldom charges as it grows closer and closer displaying deadly predatory behaviour.

Never rush to execute a plan as it takes careful selection. Be clear what you want just as the lion calculates timing. 

Visualization is a vital tool to programme your subconscious mind in order to create that bridge of what is non-existent into reality, which is capturing your goal.

4. Be willing to accept failure.

Failures are what propel anyone forward their current success. We can certainly learn from our failures, but our intentions should be to succeed in accomplishing our goals! Failure is then a learning process, not a reason to accept defeat. You are the king, show no remorse!!!

Motivation from Will Smith is perhaps one of my favorites. Here’s one speech:

5. Have a winning attitude every day.

To keep the cycle of motivation in constant momentum you must work hard too.

The winning attitude is created by approaching your life with discipline and putting in the hours of practice.

I like to perform a reflective practice and personal development, which enables me to identify areas where I am falling down and thus need to pay more attention to.

6. Don’t allow criticism to defeat you.

We are afraid what others think of us, what we have or what we are going to do. It is you that must make that self-promise to finish what you started.

Every once in a while, a lion must remind everyone what he is capable of.

You are the king of the jungle. Own it!


This article was written by Usman Mahmood. Besides working in the field of science helping patients through genetic testing, his purpose is to empower and inspire people in life with motivational videos, messages, articles, and stories from around the world. He loves to engage creative and ambitious minds on his Facebook page.