What Sacrifices Are You Making?
The new year has just begun, many of us have created new year’s resolutions to go to the gym or save more money to name a couple of the most common resolutions. I don’t make new year’s resolutions, but I do make goals I am looking to achieve in 2015. Usually the goals and resolutions that we make require sacrifice and extra effort that is not part of our normal routine. If your goal is to save $100 per month, you may have to sacrifice, this could include not eating out as much or cutting coupons for your groceries, either way some sort of sacrifice is made. One of my favorite quotes is “If it were easy, everyone would do it”. That means you have to sacrifice to reach those goals and resolutions, what sacrifices are you making?
In the new year as in the old, I have been working to pay off my student loans. My budget has been cut so it’s more than just clipping coupons, I make thousand dollar plus payments and I sacrifice to do it. This week has been a great example of sacrifice for me. One of the busier times of my year is on a quarterly basis in my line of work. When the opportunity came to work extra during this busy time I was there with my hand raised high. It meant working till late on New Year’s Eve and it mean coming in on a Saturday to work for a few hours. I’m an hourly employee so I’m happy to make the sacrifice while earning extra money. That’s how bad I want to pay off my student loans, that’s how bad I want financial independence, I want it more than I have ever wanted anything before. Volunteering to work extra is not enough, during that same week I bought, took pictures, and listed 20 items on eBay. Today instead of watching TV all day, I am taking pictures and listing items so I can make that extra money, I want it more. I take the extra time at night or first thing in the morning to ship the items I sold, I’m willing to sacrifice an extra 15 minutes of sleep are you?
Just like many of you, I am looking to lose a few pounds in the new year. I’m willing to make the sacrifice of eating healthier and eating less. I’m tracking what I eat and what exercise I do each day, but it’s a sacrifice to do so. If I didn’t sacrifice I would drink and eat everything that was in the house and in some cases outside of it as well. Sounds familiar with how most Americans choose to eat and spend in excess.
I have a plan to sacrifice. I have big goals and big dreams of financial independence and a plan to get there. It requires sacrifice that I’m prepared to make. I could be driving a Range Rover, having drinks and dinner every night, and wearing brand new clothes, but my goal for financial independence is more important to me. My goals for 2015 are lofty and with lofty goals sacrifices are made……I’m ready.
What sacrifices are you making to reach your goals?
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