Success doesn’t come easily to most of us. Instead, the path to accomplishing our goals and being considered successful comes with sacrifices. I believe most worthy and meaningful journeys do.
I had to eliminate certain things from my life so my goals and dreams could come true, and so will you. I believe in maintaining a work/life balance (more now than in the past). However, I also believe that if you intend to accomplish great success, you will have to engage everyone in your sphere — spouse or significant other, children — and let them know that in order to provide an extraordinary life for them you will have to do things differently from ordinary people.
“Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.” Napoleon Hill
When I first got into real estate I quickly became addicted. Real estate is my career, my passion, and my hobby. In my mid-twenties and thirties when my friends would say, “Let’s all go to the lake for the weekend,” I would always decline. Why? Because weekends were my prime time to sell real estate. Choosing to make money instead of enjoying a party weekend with my friends may not sound like much of a sacrifice, but at that time it was. I had to give up something so I could gain something.
Recently I had a chance to meet Barbara Corcoran from TV’s Shark Tank. We have a lot in common because we’re both involved in real estate. I found out that one of the sacrifices she made when she was building her New York real estate empire was taking a second job to help pay down her debt. Barbara sacrificed her free time to reach her goal.
Sacrifices that can lead to a better life come in many different forms. One of them may involve choosing not to hang out with people who will bring you down because they aren’t as excited about life as you are or their outlook is negative instead of positive. It may sound brutal, but my advice is to let them go, even if they are family members or friends. Misery loves company, and you don’t want to be miserable! You will only get one shot at making the best possible life for yourself and your loved ones so don’t allow yourself to be held back by negative people.
“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.” Pele
What can you sacrifice to make your life better? Here are a few examples:
1. Sacrifice some of your Social media time and use that time to go to the gym and work out and get in better shape. People who are physically fit are more successful and much happier than those who aren’t.
2. Sacrifice a few minutes of sleep and start your day a little earlier than usual. You can make this change in baby steps. Try setting your alarm 30 minutes earlier than usual tomorrow morning. Give yourself a chance to get accustomed to your new schedule. You have the ability to make more time in your day to get more done if you choose to do so.
3. Sacrifice your alcohol intake. Instead of feeling like crap the next day, you will be energetic and excited about working on your goals. When was the last time you woke up hung over and thought, “Man, I’m glad I feel terrible this morning”?
4. Sacrifice spending time with non-driven negative people. Hang out with positive, like-minded people who have similar goals and objectives instead. Amazing the difference you will see in the quality of your life.
5. Sacrifice a small amount of time each day so you can pray more than usual. It’s not difficult to add a little more prayer time to your day. Keep in mind that prayer is powerful!
Make it a priority to grab a sheet of paper and write “Sacrifices that will make my life better” at the top. Then start making your list. Keep this list with in site every day; you will become more aware of areas in your life that are holding you back. After making your list, take action. Your sacrifices will make room for your future success.
If not now, then when? And if not you, then who?