Change Won’t Come Without Sacrifice

change won't come without sacrifice
change won't come without sacrifice
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Thought for the day: if I were to ask you what you would be willing to sacrifice for success, what would you respond with? If I were to ask you what you would be willing to sacrifice for happiness, what would you respond with? If I were to ask you what you would be willing to sacrifice in order to live the life that you aren’t living, how would you respond?

It may not be desirable to think about having to give something up, but the truth of the matter is that change won’t come without sacrifice. If you want to live a life that you aren’t currently living, then you need to be willing to give something up in order to do so.

Sacrificing fear for happiness.

There is nothing more than I want in life other than to be happy. I long for the time when I can wake up every single day with a smile on my face. To be fair, I do most days now, but just like any other person in the world, there are days where I wake up in a pissed off mood. If only I would have just woken up on the other side of the bed…

There was a time, though, where I would have been happy just to wake up in a good mood more than once a week. There was a time where negativity and misery had become my normal, and when happiness and joy were a scarcity.

Now I hope that you see why I set out on this long but rewarding journey towards improving my life. But in order to improve my life, I knew that I needed to sacrifice something. That something that I decided to sacrifice: fear.

Before you think to yourself “Well, that seems easy. Sacrificing fear for happiness is a no brainer,” well, you would be right, but try telling that to someone who had lived their entire lives in fear. Try telling that to someone who lived their entire life based on the acceptance and the approval of others.

To me, letting go and trying to break free from my fears seemed like a monstrous task that I didn’t know if I was capable of achieving. Imagine trying to take away cigarettes from a smoker of twenty-five years, or alcohol from an alcoholic of twenty-five years. Oddly enough, my life was easier and more comfortable when my fears controlled it. But it was not better.

For a year I decided to sacrifice all of my fears in order to find more happiness and joy in life. I shared my darkest secrets with the world just to get a taste of happiness. I was spending hours before and after work sharing my stories just to get them off of my chest and to inspire others. I would put myself in as many uncomfortable situations as I possibly could just so that I could grow.

I knew that in order to live a life in which I was not yet living, then I needed to sacrifice not just anything, but the one thing that was stopping me from living the life that I wanted. Again, that something was fear.

What’s holding you back?

We all have dreams and aspirations in life. Think about some of your dreams and aspirations, and ask yourself what is the biggest thing that is holding you back from achieving them. If there was just one thing that was preventing you from living the life that you only dream of living or just one thing that was standing in your way of happiness or success, what would it be? Whatever it is, sacrifice it. Let it go from your life because not only is it holding you back, but also because you deserve nothing less than to live the life that you envision yourself living. You are the only person that can control your own destiny, so you need to sacrifice whatever it is that is holding you back, and you need to follow your dreams. It’s the only way that you will ever achieve them.

Change isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

It’s never easy to initiate change in life, especially when you have been living a certain way for so long. But with that said, know that everything that you want in life lies exactly on the opposite side of your fears, and if you want to live that life that you imagine for yourself, then you need to change.

I honestly can’t tell you how much my life has changed. Yes, letting go and putting myself in uncomfortable situations sucked… at the time, but it has all helped lead me to where I am today. This, my friends, is the happiest that I have ever been. I am living the best life that I have ever lived, and it is because I made a sacrifice to let go of the things that we only holding me back so that I could live the change that I wished to see.

Michael Bonnell

5/28/3019

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