Maybe it was a quote posted by a friend or in an email I received, but somewhere recently I was reminded that to move toward a goal oftentimes something must be given up to make it happen.
It’s been on my mind because I’ve been thinking about how, with my youngest headed back to school in a few days, I should reincorporate more structure into my day as I definitely lack discipline during the summer months. Sure, I’ve managed to stay fairly active with exercising and I eat breakfast every day. Other than that, my summer has lacked routine.
Also no secret is the fact that early risers and well-organized individuals get more out of their mornings and, therefore, their days. I want to be one of those people, so I’m thinking that an early, consistent wake-up coupled with a morning routine will be just the thing to do. The benefits will be multiple.
Unfortunately, that means I’ll have shut off the lights at an earlier hour than I’ve been. The things I enjoy doing in the late night hours will have to go.
As I think about this, I realize that it will need to be a conscious decision to quit doing certain things in the evening so that I am able to go to bed earlier and, as a consequence, be able to get up without hitting the snooze button each AM. If I fail to release those activities I’m sure to continue them; I’ll try to fit in too much and the result will be maintaining the status quo.
This give-and-take between priorities takes place all the time. In order to be thin, calories must go. To be debt-free, purchases have to be delayed or skipped. If you want to take on a new job, the old one has to be left behind.
We can say we want to do or achieve something but until we make the commitment to let go of what’s holding us back, the likelihood of seeing that happen will be decreased.
So, what are you willing to give up to get what you want?