One of the most iconic scenes from the 1993 movie What’s Love Got to Do With It, was when Ike and Tina Turner were in divorce court. During the scene, Tina Turner, played by Angela Bassett, told the judge that she didn’t want any of the cars, clothes or jewelry acquired during her marriage to her husband. Turner only wished to retain the use of her stage name. As the gavel sounded, her request was granted.
Sacrifice means giving up one thing for something we believe is worth more. In other words, you cannot get something you want, without giving up something in return. Unfortunately, most people are living on the promise that they can fulfill their desires without forsaking anything at all.
If I were to ask you what you wanted to achieve, I am sure many of you would have a list ready to recite. You may say, “I want to be in the best shape of my life,” “I want to make 7-figures,” or “I want to have a lifelong marriage.” All of these are great things to have on your list but wanting is not enough. Wanting is just the start.
To move forward, you will have to leave something behind. Losing weight will require you to ditch the junk food and the lazy days on the couch. Making more money will require you to leave poor spending habits and maybe even a job behind. A sustainable marriage will require you to leave your unforgiving heart behind. Everything in life cost, you have to determine how much you want to pay for what you want.
Whether you desire material wealth, lasting relationships, or global success, they don’t just happen. It’s time to put up or shut up. The next time you write your goals, begin to write the things you are willing to sacrifice to make them a reality.
It’s time to put up or shut up. Cut off the limiting beliefs, self-sabotage, and get out of your way. You will no longer live with restlessness and regret. The life you want, wants you back. In the words of Ms. Toni Morrison, “You wanna fly, you gotta give up the shit that weighs you down.