comparisons are the thief of joy

The No. 1 way to kill joy: compare yourself to others

Do you ever wake up and think: Wow, things are going so well, I think I need to sabotage myself? Of course, you don’t. But chances are good that are working hard to sabotage yourself. You do that every time you compare yourself to others.

Oh, I’m not saying it’s intentional. But I see you.

And this one thing, more than anything else, is a killer …

… of productivity …

… mood …

… relationships …

… self-confidence … etc, etc.

Do you know what to do about it to get unstuck and grow? If you’re pressed for time, you can watch this video. Or continue on with the rest of the story. 🙂

The No. 1 killer of enthusiasm is when you compare yourself to others

No matter how happy, proud, or satisfied you are, the minute you compare yourself or what you have to others, you invite a little seed of doubt to climb inside your heart.

And that little seed blossoms into a dark flower that eats away at what you were happy/proud/satisfied with.

Don’t do that to yourself. 

Remember: you are a genius

There’s a quote I love:

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

You are a genius. 

Trust that you are here for a specific purpose and you will have enough time to accomplish what you are here to do.

Believe that things are happening the way they need to so you’re ready for them.

Know that the universe is conspiring to shower you with blessings.**

Creative challenge: stop your inner critic from stealing your joy when you compare yourself to others

So when you catch yourself letting that seed of doubt creep in as you scan through social media, talk to a friend, or go through the motions at work …

  1. Take a deep breath and acknowledge that it’s normal to feel envy and doubt.
  2. Remind yourself that you are a genius, in your own unique way.
  3. Trust that you are exactly where you’re supposed to be. 
  4. Know that you have your own path and it is not their path.

That’s your challenge this week. Rinse and repeat until you’re able to alchemize self-doubt into confidence. Then, comment below and let me know how it goes!

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*When writing this I stumbled upon this Richard Branson blog which questions whether dear old Albert is really the true origin of this saying.

**This phrase is one of my favorite Rob Brezsny lines. His philosophical writings disguised as horoscopes was one of my favorite things to read in the weekly alternative newspaper growing up.

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