Your potential is not the potential of the person next to you. Each person has a different purpose, both professionally and personally. Should you compete with the athletic one or should you rather compete with the academic one? So who should you compete with? What’s good for one may not be good for all…
Don’t compare yourself to other people or their achievements. There will always be someone, smarter, better and richer than you are. That is a fact of life and something that we should all remember! Comparing yourself to others is a complete waste of time and a waste of emotional energy because we usually compare ourselves to people who have more than we do.
We could just as well compare ourselves to those who are less fortunate than us, but both exercises are a waste of time. They prove nothing, except that we are not the best/worst. Comparisons result only in frustration and negative thinking. Neither of which build your self-image or confidence or even your self motivation. You are more likely to be self motivated when you compare yourself to what you had or did in the past, even your achievements and the many life-obstacles you overcame!
The only competition you ever had were the 500 million sperm cells you competed with at your conception. You won that competition – the others died! Now it’s you against yourself, to be all that you can be. Compete only with yourself! You are your only competition.
Focus on doing your best. Focus on doing all that you can to release all that is inside you, keeping your life balanced and serving others unselfishly. What you have or don’t have, compared to others, is of no significance. You are your own person with your own strengths. Be all that you can be, not what others are!
If you absolutely cannot resist comparing yourself to others, then compare yourself to those who are less fortunate than you. This should make you grateful for what you have and curb any envy brewing inside.
I believe that life is not a race – it’s not about who has the most riches in the shortest possible time. Sure, we all want to enjoy luxury and live comfortably but at the end of the day, none of your possessions will go with you after your dash. After all, it’s called material possessions for a reason – they are of material value. What you have inside you is worth more than that. Release what you have inside you and don’t try to release what others have.
Compete only with yourself.
Now, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t look at others to get inspired and to motivate yourself to achieve success.
Don’t measure yourself by looking at others – measure yourself based on you. For instance, not ‘how much money do you earn compared to the neighbor’ but ”how much money do you earn based on what you used to earn’. Life is not a race to riches but if you want it to be, race against yourself – you’ll get there with a lot less envy and jealousy. You’re better than that!
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