Recently, I read this quote and this echoed me on many different levels.
We have the inborn ability to compare ourselves, in everything we do, to what someone else is doing or has done. I would blame a lot on social media and constantly being flooded with the incredible, splendid or astounding things other people are doing.
Status updates, photos and videos deluge my news feed every day. I’m constantly connected to everyone in my world without ever communicating with them. I know who is married, who’s having a baby, who’s on vacation or who’s flying across the globe on business trips. I know who just bought a house or who got a new car. I even know your dog or cat. I make out who is on track to stay healthy, with the pictures of their food and workouts. I know your political stance, your dreams and your passion. Most significantly, I know how far you have arrived.
This inundation of information makes us to compare ourselves with others. We steadily compare our beginnings to someone else’s middle; our middle to someone else’s end. Doing this, you will find that you’re never satisfied nor be good enough. You will invariably forget to celebrate your achievement.
Whether we recognize it or not, we are constantly comparing ourselves. When we compare ourselves to others, we simply cannot win. It’s a losing combat.
I mean that we are all at different phases in our lives, in our profession, in our hobbies, etc. And when we compare ourselves to others, we recognize that we have a long way to go. Discouraging thoughts douse our minds telling us that we aren’t good enough or we will never get there. Our thoughts tell us that our goals are too far away and virtually unachievable.
Stop comparing your chapter 1 to other people’s chapter 20! Today is the day to remind yourself that you are capable of accomplishing anything. Every journey has a beginning, and today is the day to begin yours.
Wherever you are in life with whatever you’re doing, you’re going to be ahead of some and behind others. Be in possession of where you are. Take time to embrace and celebrate that. Keep on moving forward.
And never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.