My 3 Top Reasons to Stop
Comparing Yourself to Others
(and a few tips on how to actually quit doing it TODAY)
Comparison is the root of a lot of discouragement.
Yet, it can seem so easy and automatic to do.
If you have ever caught yourself comparing your body, lifestyle or what you have to another person, you know how draining and difficult it can be to find your hope and peace again.
Here are some of my top reasons to stop comparing yourself to someone else and a few tips on staying away from the slippery slope that comparison can lead you down.
1. The number one reason to stop comparing yourself to someone else is that there are simply things we just can’t control.
We can’t control our genetics, (thanks for the big bum, Mom!) and we all can’t have a 24/7 personal trainer and nutritionist like the stars.
We all work with what we have available to us, which can lead to different results all together, none less worthy of celebration than any other.
2. Comparison also often steals our motivation to continue.
Comparison is different than the friendly competition that spurs us forward.
It is the focus on what we do not have, where we lack, and what we wish was different about our lives – which means a lot of negative thoughts.
In order to be motivated, we need to be focused on what is possible and what is achievable.
3. The third reason to stop comparing is that it discounts who you already are!
There is no one like you – no one who has lived your life, walked in your shoes, knows what you know.
You are already wonderful. While your here, read this, sister!
Set your sights on what is ahead of you and the positive possibilities that lie before you instead of how your life doesn’t look like someone else’s.
It isn’t supposed to!
There are a few ways to stop traveling down the road of comparison.
Here are some of my favorites:
- Make a list of your achievements – either in a particular area or overall and celebrate them again.
- Focus on where you are headed and stay the course, find people to help keep you moving forward.
- Remember that everyone’s life is different and we only usually know a portion of someone’s story. There is no telling what is happening in the background.
- Find someone else to support and encourage. It could pull you right out of your own discouragement.
- Stop your train of thought and focus on the future and all the bright possibilities of your future. Don’t worry about where you are right now, find joy in where you are going.
There has never been – and there never will be- another you. Embrace it -for we are all “fearfully and wonderfully made” …
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