Sacrifice: We've all got to do it

The internet is filled with motivational quotes telling us that we have the power to do whatever we want in this world. Quotes such as: 

"If you can dream it, you can do it" 

"Be the best version of you" 

"Be stronger than your strongest excuses" 

Are bombarded all over your Facebook and Instagram feed on a daily basis, and most of the time we just roll our eyes, make a snarky comment and scroll past it. And you're right, they are pretty cheesy, but it's nice to know that people out there have the intention of inspiring others. However, I feel as though they are sugar coating how difficult it really is when it comes to reaching your goals as they are missing one pretty important word, Sacrifice. 

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Although it would be nice to live in a world where we have the perfect work/family/friend/me time balance, the likelihood of this actually happening, especially early on when you're fighting for your goals is slim. That's because usually in-order to get where we want to be, we have to sacrifice another area of our life to focus harder and channel our energy. 

It's not often that I talk about topics this deep, but the notion of sacrifice really hit a chord with me the other week when my running coach had a real deep chat about my track goals. Long story short, over the last 2 years I've been on and off triple jump training which has got me nowhere when I definitely should have been somewhere by now. Why? I hear you don't ask, well because I have been prioritising other things and sacrificing my sport for work etc, and there wasn't a problem with that, until I realised that I wanted to put athletics first. 

I was told that if I really wanted to give the triple jump my best shot I was going to have to make sacrifices in other areas of my life. It may sound obvious, but how many times have you tried to balance all areas of your life, but couldn't quite understand why you weren't hitting any of your goals?  It's a hard truth to swallow, but if you really want to get that promotion, hit a deadlift PB, or nail that piece on the piano then you will have to be committed to the cause and unfortunately make sacrifices in other areas of your life. Miss social events, work harder and possibly train harder. 

The good news? It doesn't have to be like that forever. No one's saying that being a recluse is a new way of life if you want to reach your goals. But, if you're serious about it then you will have make those short or long term sacrifices every once in a while. But I promise, the reward for hitting your goal will be worth the sacrifice. Stick that to your new post as an inspirational quote.