How often do we hesitate to take on a challenge?
We know it’s going to take time.
We know it’s going to take effort.
We know it’s going to take sacrifice.
We’re intimidated by this.
We put off taking action.
We question ourselves.
Do we really want to make that kind of sacrifice?
Do we want to put in weeks, months, or years?
Do we want to forgo everything else for this single outcome we’re chasing?
We see other people who have done what we want to do.
Why can’t we just do it, too?
Are we afraid of sacrifice?
This question often leads to self-judgement.
There’s something wrong with us because we don’t want to sacrifice.
We must be lazy.
We must be unmotivated.
We must be less than.
Because we don’t want to sacrifice.
So many of us feel this way from time to time.
But it’s not true.
We sacrifice all the time.
Every day spent at work.
Each minute spent in class.
Anything done in anticipation of future payoff.
Yet, we often hesitate.
We mistakenly think we fear sacrifice.
It’s not sacrifice we fear.
But when are we ever truly certain?
When do we ever actually know what outcome to expect?
We never do.
All we can do is prepare and then put in the work.
We might achieve what we set out to achieve.
We might not.
We might find it to be worth the effort.
We might not.
These are things we can’t possibly predict.
Unless, of course, we already know that we haven’t prepared.
Or we know that we won’t think it’s worth it.
In those cases, we’ve got some deeper digging to do.
And that’s okay.
Otherwise, all we’ve got is preparation.
Do what you can.
It’s all you can do.
Everything else is outside of your control.
Often, the work itself is worth the sacrifice.
Do the work.
You’ve got this.