We are all guilty of it from time to time. We look at the way that others look, what they're doing or how successful they are, and we compare it to who we are, how we look or where we think we should be in life.
But did you know that comparing yourself to others is one of the fastest ways to lower your self-esteem and leave you feeling less happy and productive in life? It's true!
If you find that you have a tendency to compare yourself to others a lot, here are 3 steps that can help you overcome this:
Step 1: Recognize It's Nothing More Than a Bad Habit
The first step is to recognize that comparing yourself doesn't have to be your "normal go-to way" of relating to others and the world. It also doesn't mean that you're bad or wrong or messed up in some way.
Comparing yourself to others is simply a bad habit, and one that you can break!
Once you accept this and own that you absolutely can free yourself from this habitual way of thinking, the next step is to...
Step 2: Toss Out the Idea of "Perfection"
Comparing yourself to others often stems from a subconscious belief that there is something wrong with you - that you are imperfect in some way. In reality, this couldn't be further from the truth.
We all have different strengths and weaknesses, which means that no one is perfect!
So instead of comparing yourself to others as a way to gauge where your imperfections lie, celebrate your imperfections exactly as they are. They are a part of what makes you special.
Step 3: Focus on What's Awesome About You!
All human beings are different. We all have different ways of thinking and seeing the world based on our experiences in life, which means that we all have different things to bring to the table in friendships, relationships or work environments.
Instead of comparing yourself to the people around you, try to shift your focus to what you have to say or offer that's unique to you, and you'll soon break yourself of this bad habit.
Do you have a tendency to compare yourself to others? Do you have any tips on overcoming this that I may have left out? Leave a comment below and let me know - I'd love to hear from you :)
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.