Last night, someone recommended that I kill my inner child for a year or so in order to excel toward success. They said it’s best to put my hearts' desires on hold for a while to focus on growth; to sacrifice experiences in order to make progress now, so I can enjoy more later.
Although this recommendation was coming from someone that is successful, living a life that I would like to live, this conversation triggered my value system none-the-less. It has me thinking long and hard about what I’m willing to sacrifice for success, what success means to me, and where my motivation originates. If the inner child experiences are sacrificed, I ask, what is the motivation? Money, fame, title, status, praise?
Many of us believe in making sacrifices in order to achieve our dreams.
For instance, we might decide to spend less time with friends and family so that we can work hard and get ahead. However, research suggests that when it comes to success, sacrificing too much can have a negative impact on happiness and life satisfaction.
The level of sacrifice is different for everyone. Before pursuing any endeavor requiring sacrifice—whether large or small—be sure to take the time to define the motivation, so that we move forward with authenticity. Here's some journaling prompts to mediate on the correlation between success and sacrifice.
👉What does success look like to you?
👉What is your motivation? Money, fame, status, praise, or experience?
👉What are you willing to sacrifice?