Overcoming Comparison in Your Work
If you're constantly comparing yourself to others in your industry or on Instagram and start feeling that jealousy bug looking at others, here are a few things to do.
Stop being envious, and start being curious
Instead of seeing others as competition and feeling envious, start seeing them as a roadmap to what you want! What are the things they are doing to be where you want to be? This is an opportunity to learn what you need to do to be where you want to be (which is where they are!). This is also great for networking and connections as you can both help each other out and become more successful through that!
Eyes on your own paper
There's a season for inspiration and then a season for creation. Once you get some inspiration from others, it's time to focus on your work without the influence of others. so often our best ideas get lost because we are too focused on others - don't let that happen to you.
There's room for everyone
The truth is no one can do what you do exactly how you do it. Don't believe me? Head to the grocery store and look at the bread aisle. There are probably 20+ types of bread. They are all selling bread, but they are all still in business. Why? Everyone needs/wants something uniquely suited for their taste. You have a unique style, taste, or flavor. Double down on that. There's room for you, and the world needs what you have.
Celebrate their success
As a part of life there will always be someone more successful than you. If you can learn to celebrate when one another succeeds they will do the same for you when your time comes. As hard as it may feel to be happy for someone that gets the promotion, pitch or client that you wanted, changing your mindset can create neural pathways in your brain that will make it easier and easier to be genuinely happy for them and make you a happier person all around.
Turn it into goals
If you really struggle with comparison, evaluating what your comparing and getting to the root of it can be great self reflection. Perhaps there’s an area of your life that you personally are not happy with and instead of changing that, you are jealous of everyone else who has it. If you can get to the roots and find one or two things that you want to change, then set some goals and work to achieve them for yourself. Not only will this better yourself but you’ll also be taking your eyes off of everyone else to work on becoming who you want to be.
At the end of the day, you are doing great work. Be encouraged in that! For the times where it doesn’t always feel that way - reference these tips for help. You’ve got this!