I ended 2014 with a Facebook post that briefly listed several things I'd learned, seen, or experienced over the year. I purposefully didn't go into detail, because I knew Chick Chat CC would be debuted soon - sorry folks LOL. Soooo, I'll kick off and welcome you into my life with this particular reflection. Mainly because it has been the most shocking mental shift for me yet! ...I expect more of these along the way!!!
In the summer of 2014, I sold my weekend car... black-on-black, BMW coupe, convertible. In turn, I purchased a car that had been in my heart for over a year - the legendary A7 (in my mind at least). The make, Audi, had been in my heart for YEARS, but this model was newer, classy, sleek, fast, roomy, unique, and weird all in one... only a true car enthusiast understands how cars can be felt in your heart and talk to you as you drive.. although it's completely silent in the vehicle. I love and loved this car! Yes... midnight exterior, chocolate interior, walnut wood molding, retractable screen, Bang and Olufsen advanced sound, supercharged under the hood... oh my!
Okay okay, I'll skip to it... I read an article of a family that sold their belongings and lived in a bus for 18 months to take their business to the next level (http://www.fastcompany.com/3033469/fast-feed/how-a-couple-bootstrapped-their-bakery-by-living-in-a-bus-for-18-months). They were "over" the complacent stage of life and consciously decided to make a change. They were willing to epitomize the word - sacrifice. INSTANTLY, I was inspired beyond words to fast cycle a franchise idea that was looming in the back of my mind. But the only problem was - what did I have to give up?
You guessed it! Just several months after purchase, I SOLD... yes, SOLD my beloved A7 and began saving for a bigger (more beneficial) goal. The decision was not easy and I had to ignore all the cliches visiting my thoughts... "I work hard to play hard"... "Why can't I have nice things"... "I can afford it"... "I haven't asked anyone to pay my bills". The A7 was never about my ego or other people, but I really loved that piece of art. The internal battle was real. This decision was truly one of the most humbling and altering moments of my life.
All that to say... get on the elevator and get off at the roof of the building. That view is never the same as the ground-level view. Try not to let the day-to-day traffic consume you, but soar above it. Reach for the long-term dream that scares you. Yes, the dream that has the potential to make a major change in your life and possibly the life of someone else. It sounds like a tall order, but it can be done through sacrifice, focus, planning, and execution... just as Burt and Judy Greenhut displayed in the article.
I haven't gotten there yet, but I hope you will remain on this journey with me and visit Chick Chat CC weekly (shameless plug). No, the blog will not be about cars, but about life - destiny, perseverance, love, and more! And I promise to write shorter posts *smile*.
Have you made a short-term sacrifice for a long-term goal? I'd love to hear from you. Leave a comment :)