Getting out your own way...
As an entrepreneur, it's easy to get caught up in the comparison game. It seems like everyone is constantly posting about their successes on social media, and it can be tough to keep your spirits high when you're feeling down.
Comparison can sabotage your entrepreneurial journey and prevent you from reaching your goals. In this lesson, we will discuss how comparison works against entrepreneurs and offer some tips on how to move past it!
There are endless dangers that come with negative comparisons. Here are the five that stand out most:
First, when you compare yourself to others, you're likely to focus on what they have that you don't. This can lead to feelings of jealousy and inadequacy, which can then sabotage your efforts to achieve your own goals.
Second, comparisons often involve unrealistic expectations. We tend to compare our worst qualities with other people's best qualities, which is unfair to both parties involved.
Remember that everyone has different experiences and journeys. You may be comparing your beginning stages to someone else's final results, which is not an accurate or fair comparison.
This can lead to disappointment and discouragement, two more emotions that can stand in the way of your success.
Third, comparisons can breed a competitive mindset that is counterproductive to the collaborative spirit that is essential to many businesses.
When you're constantly comparing yourself to others, you're not focusing on your own journey and what you need to do to reach your goals.
Forth, comparison can also lead to impostor syndrome, the feeling that you're not good enough or that you don't deserve your success.
This can be a self-fulfilling prophecy, as your lack of confidence will likely prevent you from taking the risks necessary to achieve your goals.
Finally, comparisons can be simply distracting and a waste of time and energy.
You could spend hours scrolling through social media comparing yourself to others, or you could use that time to work on your business!
So how can you avoid falling into the comparison trap?
The first step is to become aware of when you're doing it. A lot of the time, we compare ourselves without even realizing it. Once you start to notice when you're comparing yourself to others, you can begin to catch yourself in the act and stop yourself.
Another way to avoid comparisons is to focus on your journey and what you're doing. When you're focused on your journey, you're not as likely to compare yourself to others because you're too busy focusing on yourself. So instead of comparing yourself to others, focus on your journey and what you want to achieve.
Lastly, don't forget that everyone is on their journey and everyone has their unique path to follow. Comparison is only harmful when it leads to jealousy or envy. If you can compare without feeling jealous or envious, then it's not harmful. So remember, everyone is on their journey.
Here are 5 tips to stop comparing yourself to others:
If you can keep these things in mind, you'll be one step closer to reaching your goals. Just remember that comparison is the enemy of entrepreneurs! Keep your head up and stay focused on your journey. You got this!
When you see somebody that's doing well, don't think "I can't do that", think "How did they do it? What can I learn from them?". Use their success to inspire you and drive you forwards.
Success is not a zero-sum game. Just because somebody else is doing well doesn't mean that you can't as well. Their success can be a stepping stone for you to achieve your own.
So next time you find yourself comparing yourself to others, remember that you can use their success to drive you forwards instead of letting it hold you back. Who knows, maybe one day you'll be the one inspiring others!
One of the best ways to stay positive and motivated is to celebrate your successes, no matter how small they may seem. When you accomplish something, take a moment to reflect on what you've done and pat yourself on the back. This will help you stay focused and remind you that you're capable of achieving great things!
So, the next time you feel down and discouraged, take a step back and celebrate your accomplishments. It may not seem like much, but these small victories will help you reach your goals in the long run!
List out 10 things you admire about yourself.
Tiny Habit recipe: After I start negatively comparing myself to someone else, I will take one deep breath and think of one thing I admire about myself.
Write down your top five strengths. How do these strengths serve you and your goals?
Do something creative that expresses one of your strengths.
Let go: Take 10 deep breaths: 4 seconds in and 8 seconds out
Question: How freeing does it feel to let go of the need to be perfect? How much energy and time will you save by not being a perfectionist? How much faster will you reach your goals?