Eating Bitter: The Art of Sacrifice & Goal Achievement

Posted on May 29th, 2014 by Freebie Felicia

eating bitter

The Ancient Chinese had an expression for the art of sacrifice. It was called eating bitter. It meant that they were willing to go through great hardship to obtain their goals. We still sometimes use this value today in modern America, though the hardship I have to admit is a good deal less.

Knowing Your Goal

The first thing you need to do when preparing to eat bitter is to know why you are doing it. What is your goal? How much do you believe in your goal? Then set up a plan with not only your long term goal, but also short term goals to meet along the way. Some people even have a goal a day to help them get where they want to go. This ¬†idea of setting short term goals helps us measure how far we have come in the time we have been working to our main objective. It doesn’t ¬†discourage us because we know we are taking a step closer to where we want to be.


When people think of sacrifice it often comes with a negative association. Some of us think of losing something we hold dear. Others of us think of the religious context. Sacrifice is actually a form of barter. We give up something we want for something we want more. Often it may inconvenience us, but it doesn’t have to be painful. It could be giving up fast food in exchange for bagged lunches while saving up for a vacation or car.

Form of Sacrifice

Sometimes the things that we sacrifice for what we want don’t come in the shape of money or products. Sometimes they come as time or service. For example if you want to help an animal shelter you could send money or you could roll up your sleeves and help bathe the animals. Both are good offerings towards helping the shelter, but only one will get you grooming experience if you want to become a pet groomer.

It Takes Time

Remember while going through this process that large goals are meant to take time whether educational or financial. If you spend four years at school, or saving money for that trip to the Philippines, it’s well worth the delayed gratification.



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