“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.” —Jim Rohn
That’s what Jim Rohn’s talking about.
But what is it exaclty? According to the Oxford dictionary, sacrifice means to “give up something valued for the sake of other considerations.”
Choosing to do what you love requires sacrifice. It requires you to choose something you need to do over what you’d rather be doing.
The truth is, you won’t always like making sacrifices, but the thing is, you’ve got no choice but to get over it if you really want to reach your goals.
It’ll require discipline because like the definition says, you’re giving up something valued. You’re not just giving up something that doesn’t matter—something that you don’t want to give up easily.
Let’s say that it’s been your dream to become a famous violinist since you were 10-years-old because it makes you the happiest. Because of that, you practice for 8 hours every day.
Clearly, you’re already making sacrifices there. Maybe sometimes, making those sacrifices aren’t too difficult because you love playing, but other times, you just really want to go out with your friends.
You feel like you’re not living your life enough, but think about it this way:
You can still have adventures in your 20’s. Possibly not as much as your friends, but you’ll still have them. Most of the time, you’ll be at home practicing, developing your skills, and becoming better while they’re out there having fun. You’re going to become a little jealous.
That’s normal, obviously, but here’s a better idea: Don’t. Don’t be jealous, don’t envy anyone on social media.
Because here’s the thing. While they’re having fun right now, you’re working towards something, not only big, but something that’ll bring you joy for the rest of your life.
Lets say that you reach your goal by the time you’re 30. You’re a Lindsey Sterling. You put in the hours, hustled, and now you’ve got 3,000,000 subscribers on YouTube. Even though you still have to work, you’re working on something you don’t hate, and you’ve got the luxury to do what you want now—all the things you sacrificed, you can now enjoy.
And your friends? Maybe they’re successful, too. But, maybe they’re working 9 to 5 jobs that they hate, and they can only go on vacation a year.
Who’s really happy? You.
And that’s because you were willing to sacrifice.
Life may not seem like your ideal dream life right now, but in the long run, how’s it going to look?
You’ll be happy.
So, you have 2 choices right now.
Are you going to binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix? Or are you going to risk the usual, make a sacrifice, and do what you need to do to get to the place you dream of being every night?