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Have you ever wondered why sometimes it feels much more challenging progressing in life or stagnating? Do you ever feel you are giving your all to get somewhere but it’s either never enough, you never get it or you are just wasting time?

The simple reality is that challenges are very normal and common circumstances everyone will come across in life. In fact without challenges, most successful people would never be where they are today. But what makes those successful different from others is a question we definitely try to find answers to.

Besides being passionate and very pushful for what they do, one thing very common about successful people is that they make sacrifices. Regardless of the challenging  situation we go through in life, we will have to make sacrifices. Giving up, suspending or surrendering something we consistently do or like to stop acting as obstacles to where we intend to go to. By sacrificing, we help lighten up the burden on us by putting aside what’s not helpful for us moving forward. It also aids in opening up pathways for potential useful elements which may be very helpful both at present and long-term.

As earlier mentioned, sacrifices helps us to get rid of irrelevance that either act as obstacles or distraction to where we intend to go to. But what we need to sacrifice can also be a challenge on its own. This can either be due to the fact that we can’t exactly figure out what to sacrifice or scared we may loss or disrupt something for what we have to sacrifice. Sometimes we just don’t find ourselves sacrificing even though it may be obvious they act as distractions or obstacles in the way.

In order to easily identify what we need to sacrifice, it is important to state 2 common elements about sacrifices.

1. Uncomfortable.

The first thing to note about sacrificing something is that you will probably never feel comfortable sacrificing them. It may be difficult  or you might feel losing a lot which is very normal and common. In fact that is why it is called sacrifice. Trying to suspend, disqualify, or completely get rid of those things which aren’t helpful for us moving forward.

2. Disagreement.

If there is one moment in your life whereby you will learn about how decisive you are, it is  when you will have to make sacrifices. Just like any decision-making, there is always a potential for disagreement. Meaning, we should expect our decisions to be questioned or opposed to particularly from those we surround ourselves with. It’s never always going to feel easy making this decision taking account the factors you took into consideration. Remember, a better way to look at how to make sacrifices is what you have to;

  • get rid off.
  • suspend.
  • avoid.
  • adjust.
  • change.

From the list of elements above, it’s obvious sacrifices also involves suspending and not only giving up completely. For example, some friendship may be put to a halt for a while in pursuit of what we intend to accomplish. This doesn’t end the relationship but may be suspended due to disparity in goals and focus or any other reasons.

When should we realise we need to make sacrifices? 

Life entails making sacrifices. One easy way to identify the period we ought to make sacrifices is when we desire to change something or a situation we feel is not working as we expect.  During such period, we may need to do some reflection on what we need or not to facilitate such changes. Again not all of what we intend to sacrifice has to be completely abandoned but can be suspended for sometime as well.

What kind of sacrifices should we make?

One way to know what to sacrifice is via self reflection. A good self-reflection can help identify what act as a distraction or possibly obstacles. Remember, they it might feel uncomfortable giving them up or may be considered not appropriate by others. Another way to identify what we need to sacrifice is through interaction with others. By sharing both your story and experiences with others particularly those who have been in similar situations can give you an idea on what you can risk sacrificing.

The number of sacrifices we need to make varies from person to person and depends on each situation. In fact some of what we need to sacrifice can be as few as one. Whether it’s an attitude we need to avoid or a friendship we need to suspend, the bottom line is trying set aside something for something we desire to accomplish. Lastly, what makes sacrifices effective is not just identifying what to be sacrificed but acting and being focus on implementing such decision.