“The biggest risk is not taking any risk…
In a world that changing really quickly, the
only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.”
Some people waste their lives in “Valley of Indecision”, where time is wasted and relationships can only be destroyed. There is real POWER in making a decision, but we have to be sure it’s the right one.
I’ve seen people make a decision and eventually sacrifice these same dreams they were attempting to fulfill. It is a delicate balance, with the desire to reach a goal comes the elimination of things that may keep you from ever achieving them. Sometimes, the things we eliminate, are more important than the things we want to achieve.
One great example is the person that is constantly working overtime to give his or her family a comfortable lifestyle. While trying to achieve this dream, they sacrificed the relationships with their family. Working so many hours did not give those family members something they would value more than “things”; that is time with their love ones.
Before you pick your dreams and establish your goals, balance them out with the sacrifices you have to make to achieve them. Get others on board with your plan. Run your ideas past your spouse, your family, and your friends.
I knew someone who had a dream to run a marathon. In order to fulfill his goal, he had to sacrifice many of his friendships so he could train. These friends were hurt, but he had made the choice in advance that the sacrifice was worth the goal. He was happy with the end result.
Others did not have the same outcome. Another friend decided to go all out into a new business. He did not involve his friends or family, he didn’t consult anyone else and went “all in” into this new endeavor. He alone was convinced it was the right thing to do. Those around him had many doubts, and this time their doubts were justified. He lost much of his life savings and ended up broke. The very dream he was working hard to achieve was what he ended up sacrificing.
Don’t Sacrifice Your Dream While Trying To Fulfill It
I want to stress the importance of having the support of your family and your friends to assist in fulfilling your dreams. It much better to have those close to you sharing and helping you achieve your goals than sitting on the sidelines feeling neglected. As I have stated before:
“Teamwork Makes the Dream work”.
Sit down with those you love before you commit yourself to a considerable endeavor. They will help you understand how realistic your dream is. They will also recognize what will have to change in their lives. At that point they will have to decide if they are with you, or to leave you on your own.
You will know from the start what you will be sacrificing.
If we really want to love what we do and do what we love; then our love will be evident to our families and friends. Think about it,
“How can anyone do what they love and at the same time ignore the ones they love?”
The ‘doing’ should NOT become more important than the people in your lives. Yes, I understand there are times when opportunities arise and we have make tough decisions, but this is the exception to the rule.
We are told the ultimate sacrifice is to lay down your life for your friends or family; but we do that each day with ever decision that includes them in, or cuts them out of your life. There is no power in indecision, but there is real power in making a decision. This power includes both the power to achieve and to sacrifice.
If you become so single minded in your quest, you many be the only “single-mind” left in the room. Telling your love ones
“I’m dong this for you”, does not hold water.
If your goals become more important than your relationships, then it comes down to:
“Your Money or Your Life.”