I have rarely come across a case where a so-called sacrifice has been a one-way street of giving. The giver has gained something in return: tangible, intangible, or partly tangible. It could just be the happiness you get from seeing your children grow in life.
It is only a question of how you define less or more. Understand the parameters, and build a scale for measuring the impact of your actions. You will see a value somewhere, in all your actions. Nothing has been in vain. You may have a thankless job, but you have gained experience, if not recognition.
7. Redefine Success
The only way to accept failure is to redefine success. Success is independent of others’ expectations.
Be careful of the words that you use to define success. Words frame our thoughts, and a borrowed terminology can muddle your thinking process. If this is the case, words become a tool for manipulating your thoughts, rather than a mode of honest expression. Stay as authentic as possible, and look at events and persons as they are, at this moment, without applying filters. Make a vision board, talk openly to people you trust, explore new opportunities to help you discover what you truly want from life. And stay clear of expectations and role-plays.
This awareness will clearly show you where you stand in the Circle of Life. You will feel ‘centered’ in your unique individual persona. You need to press the Reset button, to start life at the desired point.
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