Hi Friends! Several years ago on my 30th birthday, I went to my grandparents’ home for dinner. They are both very successful business owners, and on that night I had been feeling frustrated with my business. I compared myself to them and felt like I was falling behind and not doing enough.
While we were eating dinner, I realized that I was comparing my experience as a relatively new business owner to their experience of 30+ years of being in business, so I had the idea to ask them what their lives were like when they were 30.
Imagine my shock when my grandfather said that when he was 30, he was going through a rough divorce, had lost his home, and was on the verge of bankruptcy. My grandmother said that when she was 30, it was one of the most difficult times in her life as well.
I was so thankful for their transparency! I had been judging myself harshly based on a picture-perfect version of their lives that was completely inaccurate.
Over the years, I have found that when I compare myself to someone else and think they have it all figured out, shortly after I’ll realize they have struggles just like everyone else.
Comparing yourself to other people and feeling like you don’t measure up will only make you miserable, so in this week’s TrueYou TV video you’ll learn what you can do to stop that pattern:
When you realize you’re comparing yourself unfavorably to someone else, remember that you don’t know what their life is truly like, and switch your focus to the good in your life.
If you compare your body to someone else’s, focus on how amazing your body is. It breathes, moves, digests, heals, and does a million other things every day for you. Celebrate that!
If someone else knows their ideal career but you don’t, focus on the insight you’ve already gained and the progress you’ve made.
Be inspired by other people, but don’t compare yourself to them or use your incomplete knowledge of their life to make yourself feel less-than. You are on a journey of greatness, so focus on the beauty of your journey.
I celebrate you, and I celebrate your journey!