To accomplish much you must sacrifice much

Good work attitude entails; taking initiative, performing to the best of your ability, and being persistent and optimistic.
Good work attitude entails; taking initiative, performing to the best of your ability, and being persistent and optimistic.

The friendship between Clara and I developed the moment we were introduced to one another at a workshop. She was young, energetic and full of passion. Passion for one thing. To become rich one day.

“I am sick and tired of working so hard and not reaping the benefits in equal measures,” Clara said to me one day as we were having lunch. “I need a drastic change in my life. What is it that I am not doing right?”

“Maybe you need to start doing things differently, so that you can get different results,” I said. “You could start by listing down your strengths and weakness—in relation to your desire to become rich one day”.

The next two days during lunch break, Clara—hissing hard with passion to become rich one day—listed down her strengths and weakness. We later reviewed the list and developed a roadmap to help her attain her dream.

Two years down the line, Clara runs a success car wash outlet, and is planning to open a dry cleaning shop.

The best way to focus on what you want to achieve is by developing a roadmap to help you attain your goal. Here are a few tips on actions to take when developing a roadmap:

  • Define your goal in one sentence. For example, to run a successful communication consultancy company.
  • Develop strategies that will help you to achieve your goal. For example, ‘start small’ by volunteering my services as a guest motivation speaker at universities, as a way of promoting my company and engaging with potential clients.
  • Outline the tactics that will help you to achieve your goal. For example, always be at hand to offer technical advice on communications related issues at the workplace and to friends, as a way of promoting your expertise in the field.
  • Determine the new habits that will help you to achieve your goal. For example, always finish what I start (focus on results).
  • Adopt a belief—in your heart—that will help you to achieve your goal. For example, I am the best communications consultant in the whole world.
  • Agree within your heart, your body and soul, why you want to achieve the goal. You must know what motivates you to attain the goal, otherwise, it will be very easy to lose focus and give up. For example, I want to start a communications consultancy company so that I can live to my full potential by sharing my knowledge and expertise, to make the world a better place.

The fact of life is such that, there can be no progress or achievement without sacrifice. You need to sacrifice time to list down your strengths and weaknesses. You need to sacrifice time to think through the process of developing a roadmap that will guide you to achieve your goal. You need to sacrifice time to implement the actions that will enable you to achieve your goals. To accomplish much you must sacrifice much. It is as simple as that.