Sacrifice – Verb: give up (something important or valued) for the sake of other considerations.
If you’re talking about what “sacrifices” you have made or are making, you’re talking about what you’ve “given up”. You’re putting your attention on what you “don’t do” or what you feel you “can’t do.” You are thinking about what you “wish you could do” instead of what you’re “grateful you are doing.”
You may be trying to prove that you’re tough or that you’re more willing than others. You may be so focused on what you’re missing out on that you’re bitter about what you’re currently doing. You may think about all the sacrifices you’ve made, and become resentful or feel like a victim.
Could a change of language, and a change of perspectives help you? I like to think of it as TRADING UP instead.
Those “sacrifices” are simply choices. They are choices that you’re blessed to be able to make. You can choose to be thankful for what you can do and for the opportunity in front of you. You can take ownership of your choices, which will empower you.
Instead of talking about the sacrifices you made, you can talk about the choices that you had.
The choices that you made to support your goals and passions.
The path you chose to make the best of your situation.
The decisions that set you apart.
The options you had that you recognize are unique and special.
Bottom Line? Embrace your ability to make choices. Think about trading up, instead of giving up. Talk more about what you can do than what you don’t do. Remember that if you choose to give something up, you’re likely gaining something because of it. Focus on what you’re gaining instead of what you’re sacrificing.
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