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 come 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 WHAT you want, or you can sacrifice FOR 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 naïve 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 to get my work done so I can see my kids in the evening.
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, more than work is, more than obstacles and challenges are, 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 desires for long-term achievement?
There’s always a trade—you either 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 two 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.
CEO RYS Group
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