It takes effort to be successful. A success attitude requires a willingness to work hard and often postpone pleasures until success is achieved. If you want to be successful, you must be willing to make sacrifices in order to achieve it. Giving up things isn’t always fun or simple, but it can help you reach the success you desire and achieve more in life. Let’s take a look at five things you should be willing to give up in order to succeed.
- Recreation—Do you enjoy playing games, watching TV, or simply relaxing with friends and family? While I don’t recommend giving up all of your free time, you will have to make some compromises. This implies limiting the amount of time you spend playing games or watching TV to no more than 30 minutes a day, in order to give yourself time to do the things that are important to you. Similarly, while you should spend time with friends and family, you may need to say no to nights out so you can focus and work on what’s essential to you. However, I would go beyond the occasional occasion to achieve success.
- Excuses—I didn’t have enough time, money, or the right equipment. It wasn’t my fault; I couldn’t do anything about it. Whatever it is, they are all justifications for not making progress toward your goal. We don’t lack resources; we lack resourcefulness, as Tony Robbins puts it, and it’s vital to have the mindset to work with whatever hand you’ve been dealt. You can’t always get your way, and if you wait for the right time, you’ll never achieve your objectives or be successful in what you want to do. So don’t wait; act now, making the best of what you have while ignoring what you don’t. After all, while you may not be to blame for your circumstances, you are in charge of improving your life.
- Your Desire to Be Liked—If you do anything significant or unusual, you will not receive universal approval for your decision. While we all want to be liked, it’s impossible to meet everyone’s particular requirements all of the time, therefore you must realize that you will have detractors. This may or may not be your fault, but many people use toxic behavior and unsupportive behavior as a defense mechanism to avoid dealing with their own insecurities or lack of direction and action in life. It’s often easier to try to bring others down than it is to pull yourself up, which is why they choose to engage in toxic behavior and be unsupportive.
- Multitasking—Simply put, many of us strive to do too much in life and juggle too many things at once, whether it’s in your life as a whole or in the present moment. While we may believe we’re being productive, we’re actually better suited to focus tasking, which means we focus on one task and do it more slowly. Work on improving your capacity to focus, even if only for a short time, as this will offer far better outcomes than attempting to multitask. All successful people have learned the importance of attention and concentration, and many have built their careers on the notion.
- Comfort—In life, you’re often faced with a choice between doing what’s difficult and persevering, or doing what’s simple and relaxing. While the latter may appear more enticing at times, the short-term benefit you get from it is unlikely to leave you content or satisfied in the long run. Similarly, while making a difficult decision is painful in the near term, the long-term benefits will almost certainly make you happier and more satisfied. So, rather than doing what’s easy, which will lead to a tougher life, do what’s difficult, which will lead to a simpler existence.
Have you given up or intend to give up any of these? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below.