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Food for Thought: Stop Comparing

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend!

Today's food for thought is: "Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about."

I think that everyone can relate to this. Most people tend to compare what others have (whether career, financial, family etc) with what they have. Oftentimes they are not looking at this comparison in a positive light either.

I personally tend to be an impatient person. Because of this, I'm always motivated to implement and work on the next idea I have. It helps keep me moving forward in the direction I want to go personally and professionally. The down side to being impatient is that I tend to compare myself business-wise to others in my field and "where they are" as opposed to "where I am."

I'll compare myself to them in terms of how many products they have or how many classes they run. And you know where that gets me — no where! These negative thoughts just serves to drive me crazy and gets me frustrated because I might not be where they are. (Btw, these negative voices in our heads are called gremlins in coaching and it's useful for anyone to learn how to tame them in order to move past them.)

Does this happen to you? Do you find yourself comparing your life or work to someone else's and feeling like the gap is wide? If and when you do think this way, take a step back. Realize that everyone's path is different and we all make different choices. Use the motivation to motivate you to keep moving forward, or use their story to inspire you.

But let the rest go, it's just baggage you don't need to carry.

Have a great week!
Hallie Crawford
Career Seekers Career Coach