Who Do You Compare Yourself To?

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Never compare yourself to someone else. They’re not you. Compare yourself to the old you and measure against that.

How Do You Compare?

Imagine that a new person comes to work in your office. They bring a fresh perspective and come from a different background. People start to rave about the things this person can do. You start to feel that you can’t compare.

Apple_and_Orange_-_they_do_not_compareThere’s the rub. You can’t and you shouldn’t compare to someone else. They don’t have your experience or your skills. Maybe you can’t do what they do but have you ever thought about the fact there are things that they can’t do? Put yourself in their shoes for a minute. They may well be doing the same thing comparing themselves to you and resent your skills and abilities. We’re all different.

How do you compare? Look to yourself. That’s the only way you can compare apples to apples.

What Is The Measure?

We all want to be OK. In order to know that, we feel compelled to compare ourselves to others. What is the real measure? You. That’s the measure. 

When you want to measure yourself, compare to your past you. Who were you yesterday, last week, last month, last ytear? Compare that to now and who you want to be in the future. You don’t have my life experience and as a result, you can’t be me. Nor should you want to be. Our differences are what adds colour and spice to the world. It’s like creating the ultimate meal. The combination of you, me and everyone else makes the world what it is. If you miss one ingredient, it changes the result. 

You Are Exactly Who You’re Meant To Be

Self-conceptEach of us is exactly who we are meant to be at any given time. We all have the ability to make choices and that changes who we become. Regardless of how your life is, you are exactly where you are meant to be. The challenge is to understand what to do with what we have and where to go from there.

I believe that things “happen to us” for a reason. Sometimes whatever happened may actually be to benefit someone else. God threw you a curve because He knew you could handle it. The people around you are taking lessons from you that they may not have been able to handle if it happened directly to them.

What you do and how you react shows others what you are made of. They watch and make a decision on what they can learn and apply to themselves. You may not even be aware that you are the teacher. Like the US Military says: “Be all you can be”.

Make it a great day!

Barry

P.S. What am I thankful for today? I’m thankful for sunshine. I’m thankful for opportunities to grow. I’m thankful for all who support me.

What are you thankful for today?

 

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