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Sacrifice Today for Tomorrow?

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What sacrifices have you made in order to reach your goals? Sometimes, it’s hard to see how beneficial a sacrifice can be if you’re not looking at the big picture.

Being able to sacrifice short term goals for long term goals can be a tough lesson to learn. Many times a new manager will struggle implementing a change that will lead to an improvement tomorrow. If you believe the change will result in better performance in the future, are you willing to miss today’s target? In manufacturing when a piece of equipment is not running optimally, you may need to add additional people or supplies to keep production running. This increases the cost of every piece manufactured.

Making the decision to stop and fix the problem can be relatively easy. On the other hand, if you are implementing an improvement and the future results are only theoretical, it is harder to make the decision to change. You need to have the courage to sacrifice the known for the untested. Preparation, study, experience, and research can help move you forward. My experience has taught me that once a decision is reached, it is critical to implement as quickly as possible. If you have decided, today is the time to act. Tomorrow cannot be better without action today. As I’ve stated before, there is power in sacrifice:

Everything worthwhile is uphill. I’ve been pointing this out for a while now, but the more I think about it, the more I know it’s true. Whether you’re talking about personal growth, personal health, business, or some other aspect of life, nothing of value is easy. The precious things in life require something in exchange.

That’s why appreciation often includes sacrifice. Maybe it’s a small gift out of your own pocket. Maybe it’s a kind word that decreases your own ego. Or maybe it’s doing someone a favor that’s out of your way.


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There are sacrifices to be made everywhere and in every aspect of business. But the big changes can be pretty scary. Where should you even begin? It seems like a monumental task and you’re already busy enough with life and work. The Ladders recognizes how big of an issue this can become and have some pretty interesting thoughts on how you can overcome making sacrifices and big changes in your daily routine. I picked a couple of my favorites and added some thoughts below; although you should really take the time to read the full list!

Put your mental and physical health first

I really like this one, mainly because so many of us are so consumed with work and to-do lists that we lose sight of what’s most important – self. Making sure that you are physically and mentally in shape is the most important thing in your life and should always be that way. If you aren’t in tip top shape, how can you deliver your best at work?

If you’re concerned that your stress is affecting your work, be proactive about scheduling time with your manager to address your concerns and come up with a plan, so you can keep moving forward.

Focus on what you can control

It’s really easy to get caught up in the vicious cycle of worry and fear. You worry about the thing that might happen because you’re afraid of what the outcome might be and these thoughts keep revolving round and round until the thing finally comes and passes. I like to ask myself this – Can I do something about this issue right this second? If yes, put work into it. If not, then I move onto a different task.

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Mark S. Brown
Mark S. Brown is an executive coach who is passionate about personal development. He works to make a difference in people's lives by empowering them with skills and knowledge that will improve their lives, the lives of their families, and the communities they live in. Mark has been coached, mentored, and certified by John Maxwell and his team. This coaching certification allows Mark to successfully coach and train individuals, groups, organizations, and companies.
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