Guilty of comparing yourself to others?
I wish I wasn’t, but I am. It’s normal. I sometimes find myself browsing Facebook, reading posts about others’ successes. Whether they had a six-figure launch, signed on a new client for $5000, or added 100 new people to their email list – there are a few things Ito remember before I start second-guessing myself.
- Everyone is unique, so you can’t really make accurate comparisons
- Other business owners are at different points in their journeys
- You don’t know what they’ve gone through to get where they are
- People have different definitions of success
The best comparison we can make is to ourselves.
- Are you better than you were yesterday, last month, last year?
- Have you made intentional improvements where and when you can?
- Are you learning new things every day?
Take time each day or week to acknowledge your successes, large or small, and know you are improving and growing. One day soon you will share a success story that others will hear, and either congratulate or envy you.
Read those social media success story posts, and instead of comparing yourself, say congratulations with sincerity. Then ask if they would share a piece of advice with you. Everyone appreciates recognition and kudos, and they are usually happy to share. Then publicly thank them for being an inspiration.
Cut up a stack of 3×3 pieces of paper, blank on at least one side. Put them in a mug, box or basket where you work daily. Then once a day write one of your successes on a piece of paper, fold it up and put in in another basket, bowl or box. At the end of the month, quarter, or year, pull out all your notes and review how many successes you experienced. I’ll bet you’ll be surprised.
Until next time,
Inspired by a post by Gary Vaynerchuk, rather than struggling whenever it’s time to write a new blog post in 2017, I’m going to share a business story. Some stories will be about client experiences, and some will be reflections of running my business. The stories will be glimpses inside day-to-day operations, help you get to know me better, and maybe even inspire you.
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