Using others’ successes as the ruler with which you measure your own success is dangerous. Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the death of joy.” This is true in many aspects of life, including your career. When you compare your own career success to that of others, one of two things happen; either you end up with a false sense of pride and achievement because you accomplished so much more than the other person, or you are left feeling inadequate and incompetent.
Here are 5 Steps to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others:
- Identify your strengths. Make a list of the valuable qualities you possess. They can be skills, talents or personality traits. Just focus on recognizing your individual worth.
- Identify your weaknesses. Make an honest list of your weaknesses. This shouldn’t be a self-bashing, pity party. Treat it as constructive criticism for yourself. This way you can make specific goals to improve in these areas.
- Develop a personal mission statement. What do you consider to be successful? Write a mission statement for yourself that includes what you value and who you want to be. Ideally your statement should be more than a sentence or two. You are a complex individual and your mission statement should help you discover, love and improve yourself.
- Emulate instead of envy. If you feel the seeds of envy grow when someone else accomplishes something you have struggled with, try emulating that person instead. Ask for advice, congratulate and befriend.
- Make yourself your biggest competition. The only true way to measure your success is against yourself. Are you progressing? Are you better than you were yesterday/last week/last month? Did you do your absolute best? Adding anyone else into these questions will hinder your success rather than help it.
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