One of my favourite all-time movie scenes is from Scoob Doo: The Movie, when Scooby declares “I’m a Sacrifice”, it still makes me laugh to this day which probably tells you a lot about my sense of humour. For those of you astute enough to notice that there was no blog last week, this is the reason why. No, I didn’t watch the movie and lose track of time, if that’s what you’re thinking. Instead, we made a series on changes and a lot of rearranging in our house so that our eldest son could have his own room.
This may not seem like an overly exciting thing, and it isn’t, so that’s why it is only part of the topic for this blog. Everyone has times when things must be moved around to accommodate a changing family and I doubt it will be the last time we do it. But in sacrificing our room and being a little bit dynamic with the layout in our jigsaw puzzle of a house, we have now come to realise that the changes have made everything better than they were. Our home is calmer due to our lids no longer living on top of each other and we now have our own space which is more peaceful (and has a much better view).
Additionally, over the last few weeks I’ve been taking part in the 75 HARD program devised by the madman Andy Frisella. If you aren’t following this guy, then you should, you’re missing out on a healthy dose of reality topped with a side of accountability. Without going into the specifics of this program (you can find the details here if you like), one of the biggest things one needs to do on this program is sacrifice a lot, for example: You need to sacrifice not needing to pee all the time, you need to sacrifice comfort and easy, and you also need to sacrifice crap excuses and half assed measures. From these set of sacrifices (among others, alcohol for example), you will gain a newfound level of mental fortitude, as well as, a complete change to your fitness and levels of self accountability. It’s not for everyone, so if you don’t think you could complete this program….. all 75 days of it, then don’t, it doesn’t allow of half measures and short cuts.
The compounding effects of these sacrifices meant that I missed my blog entry for last week, which is fine, sometimes we need to take time for ourselves and our families. We need to make sacrifices so that we can improve and grow. We need to understand where our priorities lay and ensure we do everything within our power to ensure those priorities are addressed. These priorities are constantly changing, so we need to be aware of that and act on the move.
The thing is, we often associate making sacrifices to losing something. Probable due to the ways of the ancients, where a sacrifice meant a lose of life. But this is the extreme and a far cry from the reality of today. But, in many ways, when we sacrifice something, we often make way for new things to come into our lives, new levels of influence and change, new experiences and opportunities, and space for new knowledge.
That’s what I have experienced over the last few weeks. As I willingly sacrificed my comfort and perceived safe space, I made way for new opportunities, thoughts and experiences that have culminated in pushing me along beyond where I thought possible. While I’m aware that my sacrifices resulted in positive outcomes, I know full well that negative outcomes can result. If this happens, we need to look inwards at ourselves and see what decisions we made, because chances are, we led ourselves down the wrong rabbit hole (or allowed ourselves to be led there).
Never be afraid of sacrificing something. Instead be afraid of missing out on new opportunities from holding onto that which is obsolete.
‘til next time….. Cheers!