Anything Worth Doing is Difficult and Requires Sacrifice

by Kevin on May 28, 2009

I’m slowly starting to dig myself out of the funk I’m in. Sacrificing is hard and although I’m a big proponent of it, man, it can be tough sometimes.

I’m inspired to continue putting one foot in front of the other for several reasons:

  • my wife is totally on board with our budget and our plan — whenever I falter, she is there to prop me up, encourage me, and remind me of why we are sacrificing
  • it’s the smart financial thing to do — we all have our moments of weakness. This past week I had one myself. A big moment, but luckily it didn’t cost me any money. I’m getting my head back in the right place and we’re pressing on.

If It’s Worth Doing…

  • getting out of debt
  • running a marathon
  • blogging full-time
  • paying off a home mortgage
  • starting a business
  • investing for the future
  • fixing up a house

…It Isn’t Going to Be Easy

  • cutting back on expenses, not going out with friends, missing out on events
  • training for months full of sweat, burning muscles, cramps, and tears
  • months of hard work at night and on the weekends, mixed with a lot of luck
  • focusing on a specific debt, cutting back to accelerate how quickly it is paid off
  • having an idea, having start-up capital, dealing with the frustrations and failures, staying dedicated
  • setting aside things you could do today (big screen TV, vacations) for a solid retirement
  • tools, trips to Home Depot, sweat, cuts, living in an incomplete space

Sacrifice Sucks

Let’s be honest. Sacrificing today for tomorrow isn’t usually fun. I’ve struggled to get on an exercise plan. I’ve been trying for months. I just don’t want to do it.

But the alternative is dire — living unhealthy today will lead to massive and expensive health problems in the future. I really need to get on that.

Financial goals are the same way. Yea, I wish we could go on three, week-long vacations per year. But that would be sacrificing our future, our kids education, and our ability to pay off the house. That’s sacrifice done wrong.

So if you’re struggling with sacrifice today feel comforted. I’ve been right there with you all week. Go find your goal list and go over it again. Remind yourself of why you are doing the things you’re doing.

And keep at it.

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