“Comparison is the thief of joy.” -Theodore Roosevelt.
One of the easiest ways to feel bad about yourself is to constantly compare yourself to others. Okay I am going to be honest, I don’t think I ever go a day without comparing myself in one form or another. This is just another simple character flaw hidden somewhere within me.
Everyone else is always more attractive, more successful, more intelligent; the list goes on and on. There is an infinite list of categories to compare and an infinite number of people to compare to. It’s a vicious cycle. Once you go down that path, it seems there is no end.
Ultimately, we have a negative outlook on ourselves, feeling envious and inferior to everyone around us. With endless opportunities for comparison we never feel as though we are good enough, there is always some one out there who is better.
Though, the tendency to compare is human nature, and none of us are alone in this experience.
But constantly comparing only leads to numerous shortcomings.
We belittle our own accomplishments thinking someone else’s are greater; depriving ourselves of the joy we deserve.
We begin to feel no value or fulfillment in our lives because we are distracted, continually chasing after someone else’s.
When we compare, we take time away from focusing on our own lives because we are preoccupied by what other’s are doing in there lives.
We are all too unique to compare. Each of our talents, successes and value are exclusive to our own purpose in this world. How can you possibly compare these?
We all have unique experiences and gifts to offer the world. Become more aware of your own successes and find motivation with in them. These are things that make you authentic.
The only person you should ever compare with is yourself. Strive to be the best possible version of yourself each and every day! Celebrate each little advancement in your life and know it is what makes you unique!