The Art of Sacrifice: Giving Up to Gain a Better Life

It’s so lovely to finally welcome warm weather after a long winter. We’re ready to sweep out the cobwebs and start fresh with the new season. With Mother’s Day and Memorial Day just behind us, we look forward to Father’s Day and then the summertime highlight, Independence Day. One particular element that clearly stands out when contemplating the many reasons why we celebrate these holidays is that they all honor and express gratitude for the efforts and sacrifices that have been made by some on behalf of others.

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “sacrifice” as “the act of giving up something that you want to keep in order to get or do something else or to help someone.” For example, parents sacrifice for their children each day without a second thought and our great military men and women risk everything for our safety and protection.

When we talk about sacrifice, for many the first thought that comes to mind is doing without something which we want or will miss. Generally, the word itself tends to be affiliated with negative connotations. However, there is another side to this, as sometimes we all must give up things in order to gain much better: secure freedom, find true love, succeed at our careers, build better relationships, and overall live the lives of our dreams.

But here’s a thought: Sacrifice doesn’t have to be a negative word, especially when it leads to good things. When it comes to yourself, what sacrifice are you willing to make to improve your own life? What are you willing to sacrifice to get yourself clear on that path to success? How about giving up your negative mindset and exchanging it for a more positive, healthier one? Clear the clutter in your brain and give up the proverbial ball and chains that hold you back or don’t allow you to change for the better.

Breaking old habits could be more difficult than we expect but don’t overlook the good it can produce. What if you gave up all the negative, unhealthy relationships in order to make space and time in your life to accept a new and better someone or activity that is more fulfilling? What if you choose to read a great book instead of habitually getting numb in front of the TV, ergo learning new skill sets and ideas? Do you realize that when you sacrifice time to volunteer or help another less fortunate soul, you are blessed a thousand ways to Sunday and feel better about your own circumstances? How fortunate we are to be in a society where we feel safe thanks to our extraordinary military men and women who sacrifice daily. Perhaps we, too, can practice sacrificing stuff that doesn’t serve us well anymore.

There isn’t a shortcut or single trick to manifesting the lives we all dream of. You must learn and practice the steps and skills that are needed to manifest the changes in your life, and I can help you engage these practices to create a fuller, richer world. You have the freedom to choose what you want out of life. Isn’t it time to decide who and what you truly want and what kind of person you want to be? Who do you want to attract?

I’d love for you to consider sharing this with your friends and communicating with me. Contacting me with your thoughts and questions is simple. Just drop me a line at: amy@manifestcoaching.com

2018-09-23T23:49:54+00:00