See also: Deferred Gratification.
Reflection might just be the most important part of the work-life parallel puzzle.
If you can’t make an honest assessment of where you are right now. You will never be able to plot a true course toward your goals. That’s a fact.
Lately I’ve been thinking about sacrifice. No. Not human sacrifice. It’s hot here in Phoenix, but there are no volcanoes ‘round these parts. (Now, if we moved to Hawaii…)
I’m talking small sacrifice—and how, the longer you avoid making the small sacrifices, the bigger the sacrifice(s) you’ll need to make in the future.
The longer you shovel junk food into your mouth with reckless abandon, the longer you blow your money on disposable shit you don’t need, the longer you go without saving for retirement, the longer you avoid committing to doing the work to launch your side hustle business—the bigger the sacrifice you’ll need later to achieve your goals.
It’s easier to develop a common sense diet, to get off your ass and move around, to set a couple bucks aside for a rainy day, to take that next step toward your dreams than it is to radically change your diet, your lifestyle, your finances, your goals.
I love me some gelato. And I love sleep. And I love being a consumer whore—but it’s easier to keep the weight off than lose 50lbs. It’s easier stay out of debt than fight compound interest. And it’s easier to work for yourself than anyone else.
Cry now. Smile later, I guess.
PS: Mark, this is “reality check”—not “pity party”, by the way. 😉