Let’s say you know you could use less water when showering, by showering for a shorter time, or by turning off the water in the middle, or some secret other way that I don’t know about. This is a great thing to know of, but it might not be enough to motivate you to do so. You’re wanting to save that water, but your mind is saying that using less water is not so appealing, and you don’t see what is in it for you. It’s like there is a used air salesman selling you air, and you’re not up for purchasing it. That example doesn’t exactly fit in, but you get what I am saying.
You Need A Reason
What you need is a reason for your sacrifice to be relevant. You may really want to use as much water as you can on your fruit plants. This changes the dynamic. Suddenly, when you are showering, you will remember that the water you save from showering in a more efficient way can then be directly used as water for your fruit plants. Now you have a direct connection between the change in your actions(sacrifice) and the reward you can get from performing it. Now you are way more likely to change your showering or water consumption habits.
Make A Direct Connection Between Sacrifice And Result
Make direct connections is the way to go. Think about how taking a 30-second shorter shower might translate to your lemon tree being soaked for the day(lemons are real good), or how drinking water instead of that tasty drink(most are just terrible) will keep your system cleaner, help maintain your weight, and provide you with solid physical functionality. You have to connect the change with the result. Once you have made a direct connection between the change and the result, you feel stupid when you don’t implement the change, because you directly see the negative result. Our minds are not bad, but when we have loose connections in place, we don’t have a set path or direction because it is fuzzy.
Your New Monitor Could Be That Much Larger
This concept is true all over the place. You might spend $20 at times for leisure activity, and not think much about it, but when you think about how canceling 3 of those leisure activities could allow you to purchase a new monitor that is 4 inches bigger than it would have been, you see the long-term value in your short-term sacrifice. Sacrifice is always a short-term effort.
Social Sacrifice Sure Spells Success
This can come into play in social contexts as well. If you sacrifice your pride or ego for a couple of weeks, and let people you know of know about what you think of them and your own weaknesses and such, you will later look much stronger as a person, and you will also have a much healthier network of people around you. It is not so appealing in the short-term to make such a sacrifice, but you can use the phrase “time flies by” to negate that. People always talk about time going by so quickly, but yet avoid short-term sacrifices that would be completed speedily. There has to be some sort of disconnect there.
If Time Flies By, A Week Of Sacrifice Is Nothing
Use the idea that time flies by, and apply it to your decisions. Two weeks away will be here just like boom bam boom, so if you can make some sacrifice for that short period of time, you will get benefits for a long time from the period that you would probably even forget about.
Concluding Note About Pride
Extending that pride example, if you hold onto your pride right now, and it limits you, you get a short-term feeling of good, don’t really benefit in the short-term, and certainly don’t benefit in the long-term. I know that any time I hold on to too much of whatever you call as pride or ego or cocky mindset or what not, I soon get knocked down for doing so. Others don’t like it and we ourselves don’t like it too much.