Sacrifice

Many human beings make sacrifices throughout their lives. Whether it’s obtaining a certain level of education, losing weight, or winning a competition, the result justifies the sacrifice made to achieve the desired outcome.

Sometimes we sacrifice things for the wrong reason. Think about the relationships that end because the grass looks greener on the other side. Think about the luxury items we buy that don’t necessarily perform any better than those of a lesser cost.

As with everything else in life, there must be a balance with sacrifice. You may have to give up something today for a better tomorrow, but giving up everything enjoyable in your life can be taking it to the extreme.

Our time on earth is short, and we cannot take anything with us upon our departure. Therefore, don’t live a present life of misery for a future life you may not be able to enjoy. Ask yourself what your motivation is. Sacrificing for the wrong reasons could be worse than no sacrifice at all.

Superstitions

Since human knowledge is far from perfect, our brains are hard-wired to look for cause and effect in the world. If one thing seems to happen before another, we may find ourselves linking them together to create superstition.

Many people have at least one superstitious belief. For example, Friday 13th is considered an unlucky day, but the Universe doesn’t go on hiatus on this particular day.

Our minds are all-powerful. What we focus our attention on expands and lends itself to the law of attraction. The law of attraction is more than a mystical belief – it is purposeful thought. Superstitions can put expectations in our mind that the law of attraction delivers on.

You can consciously choose positive thoughts and create empowering beliefs or allow superstitions to give way to unlucky scenarios.

Stress

Indirectly, stress is probably our number one killer. Not only does stress lead to health-related issues, but stressing over something doesn’t always solve the problem.

It’s imperative to evaluate your overall lifestyle when encountering significant stress. Some people can handle stressors with relative ease, while others are overwhelmed by minor nuances.

For many people, stress is so commonplace that it has become a way of life. We may not be able to remove the stressors from our life, but we can find ways to reduce their effect through careful thought, prayer, rearranging of our priorities, discussion, and good counsel. Manage your stress, or your stress will manage you.

Self Pity

Self-pity is a self-destructive emotion that presents a warped sense of reality. Feelings of self-pity typically arise out of specific situations.

Emotionally, we are most vulnerable to self-pity after a great effort or when faced with real physical needs. Feeling sorry for yourself or your circumstance doesn’t help the situation. It only dilutes the good you may be doing.

Self-pity is a perspective that can easily be changed. Once you acknowledge what you are dissatisfied with, it is your responsibility to work towards changing your predicament.

You will experience many highs and lows throughout your lifetime. The goal is to get through the lows as quickly as possible and seek support if necessary to aid you through the process.

Playing the victim causes you to lose sight of all you have to be grateful for and the fact that you have it better than someone else in the world.

Keep in mind that people are not as willing to help someone that is not taking the necessary measures to help himself.

“Self-pity will parch your attitudes, it will paralyze your abilities, and it will put off your achievements. It prohibits excellence and prevents expansion.” Anonymous