Would you? Would you sacrifice? Are you sure it’s worth it?
If not on a daily basis, at some points in our life we all have been at a crossroads, we all have had to take a decision on giving up something for something else more important. That’s life anyway… full of sacrifices!
When it comes to taking a decision on whether to sacrifice or not, we put everything into our head’s scales of justice and wait to see which side the scales will go. The scales will instantly calculate all costs, measure the benefits and come up with a result with the less possible risk for us in order to achieve what we want. The result is mainly based on our knowledge, experiences, thoughts and desires.
The only valuable thing that we would ever sacrifice in our life is time.
It’s what they say “it’s not about having time, it’s about making time”. We all have the same time to use within a day and certain tasks that we have to accomplish in order to come closer to success. Prioritisation of those tasks is key to making sure that we sacrifice as less time as possible on things of less importance. Time is the only thing that we all are running out, therefore we need to use it wisely. If we need to break down what we actually sacrifice because of our limited time, here a short list:
Personal life is related to our time and our priorities and it adds an emotional touch to it as it has to do with the relationships that we have with others (family members, partners, friends etc). We all are determined to achieve our goals and succeed; therefore we need to make sacrifices and changes in our personal lives, in our relationships and friendships. It’s us who suffer giving up on a night out because we need to spend that time working, it’s us who suffer not spending time with our family and loved ones because of certain responsibilities. M. Scott Peck analyses the subject of self-sacrifice in his book The Road Less Travelled and states that “whenever we think of ourselves as doing something for someone else, we are in some way denying our own responsibility.” It’s necessary to think of our needs first, however a simple compromise will make ourselves and the important people in our lives a lot happier.
There is this rewarding feeling that we get when we accomplish our tasks over the reduced amount of sleep. It’s true that a few more hours of sleep will not bring us closer to our dreams and goals and being awake is better than sleeping, living every single moment is better than missing it while staying longer in bed. Of course it’s important to get the necessary rest that our body needs, but sometimes losing sleep over an important task won’t cause any harm.
Procrastination is one of the most discussed subjects nowadays and that is because in most cases we choose to give in to our immediate desires. We choose to fall for our temptations because in that given time they feel as the only right choice and it’s absolutely normal to feel this way. Too often though going after what it feels good means letting go what it is right. And when we realise what is right, in most cases it’s actually too late!
There are times that make the sacrifices worthwhile and there are times when everything feels like a sacrifice. And then there are sacrifices that we don’t even know why we are making them. Unfortunately, nothing in this life comes without a price and the toughest sacrifices are the ones we don’t see them coming. And sometimes those scales of justice might need calibration…
So here is a little piece of advice… before deciding what and how much you will sacrifice, better think first how much you are willing to lose.