The law of sacrifice states that you cannot get something you want without giving something in return. “In order to obtain something of greater value, you must give up something of lesser value.” I’m guessing that at the time that I am writing this (extremely late at night) that I am giving up the value up sleep in order to have more time to check off my to-do list tomorrow. I have to ask myself though, at difficult times like these when I have an extra serving or two on my plate, what is the greatest value that I am working towards?
If you’ve read my blogs before you know that I’ve been working towards my bachelor’s degree, and finally after my years of hard work I will have it handed to me on May 10, 2014! What I’m finding to be most challenging though, is the closer I get to my graduation date, the harder I’m finding it to stay motivated to stay on track. I guess the correct term would be senioritis, and all I want to do is stop running and have someone carry me to the finish line.
What are some ways to deal with the times that you are feeling unmotivated? I’ve written a blog before about not dwelling on your past, but I’m going to eat my own words for a second and actually recommend looking into your past, for motivational purposes. Looking back on all the struggles that I went through and the lessons I learned, the mistakes I made to get where I am today, would I ever want to repeat any of that? No; I don’t even have to think twice about that, but that’s what motivates me to keep going forward. I keep pushing forward because I look at how far I’ve come and how much I’ve accomplished in what seems like such a short amount of time.
I encourage you, if you ever find yourself to be feeling unmotivated or discouraged, to remember why you were pushing yourself so hard in the first place. All the sleepless nights, the daily stresses, the new mistakes that you’ve made, they’re all worth something; just as the law of sacrifice states, “you have to give up something of lesser value, to obtain something of greater value.”