“You never fail until you stop trying.” – Albert Einstein
Yes, this is idealistic. Sacrifice is tough because when we take on new habits or rituals, we don’t know the first thing about this new space we’ve committed to. Navigating new spaces makes us feel uncomfortable, uneasy, and not confident. For many of us who are used to being capable and confident, new spaces make us weary. It’s easy to play victim and fall into the sacrifice of an old routine. Old comforts and familiar patterns trigger dopamine pathways in your brain, much more so than new undeveloped pathways. But I assure you falling back into abandoned routines won’t serve you.
So go spartan, be without. The hardships will be worth it. Sticking through things is the key to really pushing through and finding success as was mentioned in this previous blog post. This is all part of the process.
How to Go Without
Ok we are committed, and you’re darn right there’s gonna be some low points. But if we take a moment to reflect and understand what the heck is going on, we can learn something. This starts when you;
- Understand your Sacrifice : If something is feeling like a sacrifice, or you can’t have both, maybe it’s time to sit down and consider the dilemma you face. Why does it feel this way? Ultimately a sacrifice should be a positive step in the right direction.
- Look for Information : what’s out there that can help shed some light on what it is that you’re sacrificing. Do you really have to give it up? Maybe there’s a way you can have both. For diets you may want to consider tracking your macros so you can enjoy some delicious foods once in a while.
- Consult an Expert : if you still are feeling stuck, ask for help. Experts exist and offer their information up because it’s valuable, and the insights they can provide are tremendously worthwhile when it comes to facing this dilemma.
- Manage the Upsides : sometimes there’s going to be a downside no matter what. In order to deal with that you’ll have to think in terms of cross domains. Which means if you get enjoyment from food, you’ll have to get enjoyment from something else in the mean time. This is a great activity for personal awareness and creativity; think outside the box!
Do these things when taking on new endeavours and you’ll find that you’ll be able to take on a lot more and life a more fulfilled and empowered life. Things won’t feel like a sacrifice as much as an exciting endeavour. Having the support and a well thought out method for tackling challenges and obstacles is crucial to moving forward and getting the results that you want.
I hope you can take these tips and be more empowered and inspired in your life!
Thanks for reading!