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The faulty belief that held me back for years

Growing up, I picked up a belief that was really harmful to my growth – both in my career and my life.

The belief is that if I wanted to be successful, I had to make BIG sacrifices. Accepting this belief often led to me burning out and ignoring my own needs.

Today, I want to talk about:

  • The BIG issue with this idea…why and how it can hold you back in so many ways – ways you may not even realize!, and
  • The kind of sacrifices you actually want to be making that are in service to your growth, your goals and those you love.

When you’re done watching the video, I’d love for you to apply this to your work and life. Let me know in the comments:

  1. What kind of sacrifices are you making in your work and life?
  2. Can you pick ONE sacrifice you want to make that’s in service of your goals?

Share it in the comments because that will increase your accountability!

Belma McCaffrey

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  • Kait says:

    Not honoring your boundaries leading to resentment is so true! Brene Brown has a mantra I like for those moments: “choose discomfort (of holding to your boundary) over resentment.”

    This message that you must have sacrifice (the hard, grueling, bleeding kind) to get what you want is so pervasive in our culture! I am (and have been for years) sacrificing my evenings and weekends and energy to take on more projects at work. It’s hard to let go of the drive to be recognized as a valuable part of the team, but lately I am trying very hard to make sacrifices that are in service to my goals by giving distracting things at work the boot and selectively taking on projects (sacrificing some opportunities in service of others). I didn’t have this framework to explain this more intentional approach, but it’s so helpful as I try to change my approach to work.

    • Belma McCaffrey says:

      Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment Kait! Love Brene Brown. And THIS – “It’s hard to let go of the drive to be recognized as a valuable part of the team” – so powerful what you share here. Having awareness of this is the first step to being more intentional and making the right sacrifices!

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