High-achieving people will tell you that they sacrificed to get where they are, but what, exactly, did they sacrifice? An article in Forbes magazine lists 18 things that high-achieving people routinely give up—and many of them are not what you would expect.
Number one on the list: a fear of uncertainty. The article notes that there really are no guarantees in life, so when you start a new business, you aren’t really giving up certainty for the reckless unknown. You’re giving up one kind of uncertainty for another—and the old one, which feels more certain, may be holding you back.
Two: Ignoring your feelings. Your feelings actually give you a lot of clues about your situation. Anger tells you where you feel powerless. Anxiety tells you when something in your life is off-balance. Fear tells you what you care about. If you treat your feelings as messengers, you might learn what you need to do next to move ahead.
Three: Pretending your problems don’t exist. The advice: make a spreadsheet of your debt, and list the habits you now are detrimental to your health. Think of who you owe apologies to and address your problems rather than sticking your head in the sand.
Four: Avoiding discomfort. This is kind of like number one: if you build your life around just the things that make you feel at ease, that is a fast track to complacency....