For those that I’m friends with on Facebook, sometimes it can seem like I spend LOTS of time with my kids…
But the truth is, there’s a lot of sacrifice.
There are times when I may not see my kids for 2 or 3 days in a row simply because I leave before they are up, and home after they are in bed.
There are times when I leave the house and they are crying, begging me to stay.
There are times when they’ll call me at work, asking when I’m coming home cause they miss me, and I have to tell them it’ll still be a while.
In life, there are ALWAYS sacrifices.
And the thing is… you really have two choices…
You can sacrifice FOR what you want, or you can sacrifice WHAT you want.
I sacrifice a lot of time with the kids, my spouse, my friends, and even just time alone, to go after my goals.
And that’s okay. I’m 100% at peace with that because I make the call.
Blaming and complaining is the mark of a naive amateur.
We all sleep in the bed we make.
And that’s why you’ll never hear me complain about missing out on certain things.
But, on the other hand, I also make other sacrifices in order to spend time with the family.
On Mondays and Wednesdays, I often get less than 4 hours sleep, because I choose to get up early, so Ican get my work done, so I can see my kids.
To me, sleep is a fair sacrifice for being able to come home in time for dinner.
And you’ll never hear me complain about it – and NO, I don’t “like” getting up early. Are you kidding. It sucks. But you won’t hear me say “sorry baron we can’t go play because I didn’t feel like getting up early”
I have goals, and I don’t let my feelings dictate whether I achieve my goals or not.
I’ve always found that most people are IN THEIR OWN way far more than busyness is, work is, obstacles and challenges, etc.
What could you achieve if you got out of your own way, set your goals, decided what needs to be done to achieve them, and stuck to your word no matter what?
What sacrifices are you willing to make in order to achieve your goals?
Are you willing to sacrifice junk food for health?
Family time for business?
Sleep for family time?
Short term desire for long-term achievement?
There’s always a trade – you eiher trade for your goals, or you trade your goals.
Take a look at your business, decide where you want to go, and create a plan.
I believe in you,
PS- NO, this doesn’t mean you need to make X sacrifice forever! Sometimes, I’ll sacrifice a month of evenings so I can take 2 weeks off with the family. Or bust my ass all winter so I can spend more time at camp in the summer. It’s your life, you call the shots.
Alain (Al) Blais – We help businesses build a winning strategy and arm them with the marketing tactics to build a powerful brand backed by raving fans for life.
CEO of RYS Group, Alain Blais is an entrepreneur, published author, family man and competitive dirt bike racer. He’s deeply passionate about growing businesses and excels in marketing and promotion. Alain regularly consults for small to medium sized businesses, start ups and independent sales professionals. Al believes in constant and never ending improvement and is always seeking to optimize and improve his current skills, systems and businesses as well as seek out new opportunities and ventures. For consulting, partnerships and speaking engagements, you can contact Alain at firstname.lastname@example.org
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