He told them that athletes make decisions, not sacrifices to be successful.
In Emma’s words, “If you think that having a healthy diet is a sacrifice then you’re wrong, yes moving away from family and spending time on your own is hard, but it’s a decision and you can choose not to do it.”
It struck me that I use the word sacrifice too much.
I tell myself that I sacrifice my evenings and weekends for clients, when I should be saying that I decide to work after hours so that I can see more clients and make more money.
Or I tell myself that I sacrifice my social life and hobbies for my kids, when I should be saying that I decide to prioritise their needs as they are only young once and their needs are extremely important to me.
The problem with using the word sacrifice is that I can easily become a victim and can fall into the trap of begrudging my clients or my kids.
But when I use the word decision, I am empowered as I know that I have made these choices and they are good choices that match my personal and professional values.
Of course I could choose to restrict my availability to clients or put my own needs before those of my kids.
But the reality is that I love what I get to do every day and I love my kids so much that I would do anything for them.
What about you, do you make sacrifices, or decisions?
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