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Monday, July 23, 2012

What's the Price of Success?


One energy principle for success that's not often talked about is the principle of sacrifice. That sounds terrible doesn't it? Just the word sacrifice can create resistance and it doesn't sound very positive does it? What this really means is that to receive what you want then you must be willing to put in the energy. In other words, you have to be willing to give up something in return for what you want. Let's take an Olympic athlete. If they want to win a medal and be the best what do they have to do? They have to train like an Olympic athlete. That means not just train when they feel like it, or train like anyone else. If they want to be the best in the world that's the effort they have to put in - more than anyone else, right?
They not only have to train extensively, but there are certain things they may have to give up. For example, to maintain the body of an Olympic athlete, I'm pretty sure they wouldn't be able to go out partying with friends every Friday night. They have to give up any idea of failure. They have to make their training and fitness regime their priority.
So how do you apply this? Well, let's take the example of being in debt again - just because it's something that comes up so frequently these days. If you are in debt, and you start changing how you see debt and how you feel about it, and you forgive yourself for getting into debt and for the struggles you've had and for not knowing what you didn't know, you'll open yourself up to solutions. You may be introduced to a financial planner or a financial book or something that can help you come up with a specific plan that will get you back on track. And in order to get back on track quickly, you must be willing to sacrifice something. Perhaps you have to give up your daily coffee at Starbucks, or the need to buy a new pair of shoes every month. Perhaps you decide to sell some items to help you generate some money to put towards the debt. Perhaps you take on an extra job.
In other words, the debt is not just going to miraculously vanish just because you've set the intention to be debt-free. You'll have to DO something or go without something for a while. And then, once the debt is clear and you feel you are back on track then you will want to maintain that, so you'll have to make sure that you sacrifice the way you have dealt with money in the past so that you can appreciate and grow and build your financial future now.
It's a necessary part of growth and a necessary part of success. To get what you want, you may have to release something. It's also important to know that if you are holding on too tightly to what you already have, you will never get what you want if you are holding on so tightly. You have to let go so that what you want can come to you.
This is the principle of sacrifice - what are you willing to put in or give up in order to have what you want?
Linda Binns is an Energy Coach and Mentor, helping professional women and women business owners achieve work-life balance and freedom by identifying and releasing whatever is holding them back.
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