31 January, 2016
Find inspiration without comparison
“Don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to the person you were yesterday.” ~ Anonymous
5 simple steps on how not to compare yourself to others
1. Create a habit of comparing yourself to yourself
Any comparison between you and another person is like comparing apples to oranges.
See how much you have grown, what progress you have made towards your goals and what you have achieved. This habit has the benefit of creating gratitude, appreciation and kindness towards yourself as you observe how far you have come, the obstacles you have overcome and the good stuff you have done. Celebrate who you are as you are entirely unique.
2. Remove yourself entirely from society’s definition of success
We’ve been brainwashed by a society that reflects a certain model of success. This model is reflected through reality TV, the commercial ads portraying the seemingly perfect house, perfect family, perfect relationship, perfect body and perfect vacations that we are told will grant us our happiness.
Pursue greater treasures in life: compassion, empathy, kindness, humility, generosity, love.
3. Get inspired and learn from others
Celebrate others. Cheer for somebody else when you get the chance. Work hard to learn the difference and humbly ask questions of the people you admire.
Inspiration tells you anything is possible. Comparison tells you everything is impossible.
4. Embrace imperfection
Nobody is perfect and nobody is living a painless life. And everybody is suffering through their own. Strive to grow and improve but don’t expect yourself or anyone else to be perfect. Embrace being perfectly imperfect and enjoy every minute of it!
5. Live as intentional as possible
Our lives are lived as a reaction to the events around us. Find a quiet moment to sit in meditation or solitude to examine our lives – who we are and who we are becoming. Living intentionally, is about why you do what you do, or why you don’t do other things. When a life is lived intentionally and thoughtfully, the comparison game becomes less attractive.
Make a conscious effort to free yourself from comparisons.