In the spring of 2015, something snapped inside of me. I had, four years before lost about 50 pounds in a health challenge and I had kept it off, but that spring, I wanted to make a drastic change again. I researched, I planned and I started and things really worked. Body fat melted off of me and I got for what is for me, really lean. I looked great, I felt great and best of all, I got to buy new suits.

I lost an additional 50 pounds that spring through a ridiculous amount of hard work and dedication, but mostly through sacrifice. I ate an incredibly consistent diet and at incredibly consistent times. If I had a business lunch scheduled off of my schedule, I wouldn’t eat. if my family wanted ice cream, I would take them and watch them enjoy it. My 2:00 gym slot became sacrosanct and nothing interfered, even travel. I poured myself into the pursuit of my goal and while I missed a lot of things, I achieved it.

You may think that you can see the arch of this story coming…I sacrificed too much and I regret all that I missed out on. if that’s what you’re expecting, then I have a surprise for you. The truth is, it was all worth it. Every single thing that I didn’t eat and every single event that I missed because I was in the gym pale in comparison to the feeling I had of achieving that goal.

It was worth it for two reasons. First, it taught me that true value of sacrifice. I got obsessed and it paid off in a big way. I thought that I was disciplined before I started and then I learned the truth; I was only half-hearted in my previous attempts and going all in showed me that.

The second was because not long thereafter, I got stuck in the summer slide when I lost my focus and let old habits creep back in. I put a little fat back on and then a little more and none of the tricks that I had used before were working anymore. I had my shot and I took it. Even if it didn’t all last, the fact that I did it once has given me the confidence to know that I can do it again. It was and it is an awesome feeling.

The point of this post is simply this: achieving anything substantial is hard and will require hard work and sacrifice. When we’re standing at the starting line, we ask ourselves if it’s worth it. I can tell you unequivocally that it is. Whatever goal you are chasing, whatever you have to give up and no matter how tough the grind, the result will be worth it. I speak from experience and you owe it to yourself to experience it too. Trust me, it’s worth it.

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