How do you know when you’re sacrificing or settling? Knowing how to decipher the two can make a world of difference in how you approach work, relationships, and life in general.
Settling is taking a job because, although you may not be on the verge of being homeless, you’re in need of work and it’s one of the first offers you received. You don’t want to go through the process or risk of waiting for another potential interview or offer.
Sacrifice is taking a job that may have grueling hours and not quite the best compensation, but you’re willing to do accept this because it aligns with your future career goals.
Settling is when you’re comfortable, but not necessarily happy. You stay with this person because you’re used to each other’s habits and being in each other’s lives. You dread the thought of having to invest however many years of your life with someone new, or even risk being alone forever.
Sacrifice is when you stay with someone because you firmly believe that your love is strong enough to persevere through any obstacle that comes your way. You both find ways to compromise because you know that true love isn’t easily developed or maintained.
The difference between settling and sacrifice is that settling brings you immediate, yet temporary satisfaction that can leave you feeling resentment and regret.
Sacrifice takes you out of your comfort zone, but all with the mindset of better results in the long-run.