Comparison is the thief of joy.
No doubt about that. Comparing yourself to others can suck the fun out of everything and make you want to quit. It makes you feel like you aren’t good enough. Like you just don’t have what it takes if you can’t come out on top and be the best.
When you overdo your comparison in life, it will paralyze you. You will constantly find yourself worried about the way others do things and how you want to do better than them. It’ll make you feel like you won’t ever be enough because you’ll always come across someone who assume to be better than you.
Social Media is a great way to get down about yourself. Go ahead, spend a few hours scrolling through Facebook reading about all the people living their life to the fullest… on the Internet.
It doesn’t take long to feel bad about who you are. So yes, I can understand why people try to avoid comparing themselves to others.
Should comparison be thrust out onto it’s face completely? While spending all your time comparing yourself to someone else is not a good thing, it doesn’t come without a benefit.
Comparing yourself to someone you feel is doing better than you allows you to understand that there is an area you know you can improve in.
And what would Life be without constantly learning and improving ourselves?
That’s literally… the entire… journey. 😐
Comparing allows you to understand that your skills could be better in one area. That there’s potential. There is room and potential in this area of your life that you can improve.
But then, if the mind sees that someone is greater, it automatically views it negatively. And in that moment, all the negative outlooks began to fester. You begin to get jealous, mad, frustrated, disappointed, depressed, everything just bursts your bubble.
Perhaps the act of comparing ourselves to others isn’t the problem, but rather how we react to someone being better than ourselves.
It’s not the best practice to obsess over getting the same exact life someone else is living. But through a little comparison, it should motivate you to want to make the life you have better than what it is.
I’m definitely not saying to hop on Facebook and compare yourself to all your rich, fit friends for five hours straight, not at all!
But also, don’t shun out comparisons altogether. Take it as a small sign that this is an area you can stand to work on some more, especially if it bothers you. Don’t dwell on the who and what is better than you, but just focus on improving that area for YOU.
Ultimately, there’s always going to be someone better than you at something. That’s just the way it is. But don’t let that get you down. Let that be a reason to improve.
I don’t know, I just wanted to throw my thoughts out there and see what you thought about it. Do you like these kinds of posts?
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