Thank you for this. I realize the same long ago that my overachieving self was perpetuating a vicious cycle fueled by trauma suppression. After processing trauma, you learn to set boundaries and only set goals that will work for your life instead of relentlessly achieving just for the sake of it. You don’t call things achievement anymore, instead you think mindfully about projects you want to take and enjoy the process, the moments of hard work. So, that’s the difference between trauma driven success and success coming from having fully processed trauma. You can enjoy the ladder whereas the former is to fulfill your ego and self worth. you are right, it’s a never ending process of checking in with yourself and evaluating why you are making certain choices in life. it can be another job to go through the process of self awareness.

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