To go up, you must be willing to give up
241 years ago, 56 men left their families and gathered in a steamy hall in Philadelphia to commit to the boldest statement ever recorded. As much as they knew they were embarking on a worthy cause, they also knew there would be obstacles faced along their journey. They knew they would need to sacrifice, because no worthwhile goal is obtained without a few sacrifices along the way.
John Maxwell’s Law of Sacrifice states in order to go up, you need to be willing to give up. Every person who has achieved any type of success in life has made sacrifices to do so. Regardless of whether your goal is to be promoted at work, improve your health, or build your bank account, there is definitely something you will need to give up in order to get up.
As a corporate trainer, I work with individuals every day to be successful. It is my responsibility to provide individuals with the tools and resources to be successful. It is up to them to use those resources to make a positive impact on their life. I routinely talk with people who wish they developed their skills, made more money, or got in better shape, but were unwilling to make sacrifices necessary to obtain those goals. You can’t get promoted at work unless you sacrifice the time and energy to learn and develop new and existing skills. You won’t be able to lose weight unless you are willing to sacrifice some of the food you eat, and increase your exercise. You can’t increase your bank account without sacrificing some of your discretionary spending, and depositing that money into your account.
What are your dreams and goals? What are you willing to sacrifice to achieve them? The bigger the goal, the bigger the sacrifice. We find that truth to be self-evident.