Mar 26, 2012 / by Alisa Hafen / No Comments

Often, change takes us beyond our boundaries and challenges us with unfamiliar territory.  It forces us to give up on well-worn habits; requiring effort and sacrifice of things we have learned to enjoy.

Sacrificing a little each day in hopes of attaining a set goal will affect your rewards for the future.

Most of us wake up each morning, get ready and go to work; even though there are days when we would rather stay in bed. When we do this, we are giving a little bit of ourselves for a goal we have set for a brighter future.

I believe giving is a virtue.   We have all heard that saying:   “It’s better to give than to receive.”   But, let’s face it; we all like to receive as well!

However, if you think about it, the exchange of giving and receiving cannot take place without the presence of both.  It is never a one-way exchange.

This is the law of compensation.  If you give, you get.  We don’t live in a vacuum.  Our actions always bring results of one kind or another, whether we realize it or not.

It’s easy to feel frustrated at times when we are making changes to improve our lives.  I believe any efforts we make are never wasted.

With each little hump you jump over, you are creating ripples and building a wave of experience that will eventually bear dividends.

This will more than likely require another virtue that I particularly have difficulty with – and that is patience.  Fulfillment happens through persistence.

If you happen to give up and stop persisting, then you simply should start again.

Discipline means not trying to get whatever you want all at once.  Impatience and anger are not qualities when discipline is in the equation.

Remember, anger requires energy.  Channel that energy toward accomplishing your goal rather than just blowing off steam.

Discipline will make the difference and will represent the fact that you are willing to sacrifice.

“Man can learn self-discipline without becoming ascetic, he can be wise without waiting to be old; he can be influential without waiting for status.
Man can sharpen his ability to distinguish between matters of principle and matters of preference, but only if we have a wise interplay between time and truth, between minutes and morality.”

Neal A. Maxwell