Comparison is the thief of joy. That's what they say - what do you think?
I can really understand this statement and it can be very overwhelming when you start to compare yourself to others and the impact that this can have on how you truly feel about yourself.
I did a #FierceTalk was on this very subject - if you missed it check it out.
Comparing where you are right now with someone else in a negative way is not good for you. Especially when you use it to find faults with yourself.
The problem is that you don't recognise your own strengths and beauty as you are far too busy comparing yourself to others.
You start to feel undeserving, inadequate and inexperienced. Who am I to do this? I don't have what she has? I am not good enough who will listen to me?
Do you find you do this? We all do it at times and it can be detrimental to our self esteem. If this becomes a habit then we start to lose confidence in our own abilities and the pressure and overwhelm creeps in and we stop moving forwards - we give up, we think what's the point?
Social media has only served to increase these feelings if we allow it to. Do you know what I mean? Watching someone else's movie reel and all their highlights about what they are up to! The thing to remember is that it is only their highlights - not everyone would have the lady balls to show up and show off their down days - those moments where everything has gone to shit. It isn't easy sharing this with the world because of the fear of being judged - what will they think of me if I do show up and I haven't got my shit together?
Constant comparing of this nature will not end well.
Constantly comparing yourself to others in a negative way can lead to depression and anxiety because you ultimately tell yourself you have a shit life because it is not like those other people's lives you see on your phone. Now there is a sentence I wouldn't have thought I would write - but it is so true. We have all been there and I know you have too.
Well it is time to stop.
You have an incredible life and can use it to inspire others.
Firstly you cannot compare your chapter 1 to somebody else's chapter 20. It just doesn't work like that. Of course there will be differences, of course they will have experienced more things, and you will too as you create more chapters in your life.
Secondly, at least you have a chapter 1 right? There will be others comparing themselves to you too - only thinking about starting to follow their dreams, but are too scared to show up yet. They don't even have a chapter and will look to you and be amazed by how you did it.
I was watching my 8 year old daughter in her dance class last night. I love seeing her dance and the passion she has. She shows determination and commitment and never misses a class.
She does get concerned about how far the other girls have got and how they can do this move and that move and she can't. But what was interesting last night was that another little girl was asked to do the finale move - an amazing cartwheel without hands - which she was brilliant at but only on soft mats.
The tutor wanted her to practice it on the hard floor ready for the real competition. Se was scared to do it. She cried. Her dance class buddies were all staring at her, and then out of nowhere, they started clapping - it gives me goosebumps to relive it to be honest.
It was amazing to watch. Her girls had her back. She knew it. And she bloody did it. And yes all the girls were probably thinking they wish they could do that move (I know my daughter was) but they didn't sit there feeling negative towards their team mate - they encouraged her to be the best version of herself, to push her out of that comfort zone, to do the thing she really wanted to do, because that is what is needed in these times where we think we can't go on.
We need encouragement. Which by definition is the action of giving someone support, confidence and hope.
And all those other girls who did the encouraging will feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that when their time comes they will have a huge team of other girls who will encourage them to do the same. It's bloody inspirational and it is what I am all about.
Watching that unravel last night brought me to tears because it kinda sums up everything I stand for.
Women having each other's back.
So yes you may feel that someone is better than you and maybe they are further on their journey - but remember they were once where you are right now, and there are others who are only dreaming of being where you are.
It is time to stop the negative comparison BS.
And instead start using comparison to your advantage. Truly believe that if she can do it then it is possible for you too.
Don't forget that.
If someone is paving the way for you then this is a great thing, as it means that you can run along that path knowing full well what will be at the end of it.
Her success is definitely not your failure - it is only your beginning.
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