You’ve heard this before, ‘Comparison is the thief of JOY,’ and yet we often find ourselves comparing our journeys to others on a daily basis. I’d like to encourage you to focus on simply become the absolutely version of YOU.
Gratitude Tip: There is only one YOU. You are truly one in a billion. Your journey is your own and as tempting as it is, it’s not possible to compare your journey to someone else’s. And remember that there are probably others who are comparing themselves to you and secretly admire you and what you’ve accomplished. Comparison is a zero sum game. Rather than compare, study and learn from those who have already been where you want to go and get there on your own terms and in your own time.
We’ve all seen this before, two people have the exact same opportunity and the same apparent circumstances, yet one person rockets to success and the other doesn’t seem to move forward at all. What we don’t see is everything each person went through before they were presented with the opportunity, so each person came to the situation with a different set of skills and experience.
In network marketing, comparison is contagious, because it seems like there is a completely level playing field. Your race, gender, income level and education are not going to hold you back from success, so it feels like everyone ‘should’ be able to have success quickly. Yet that doesn’t happen. And often, a new person in the profession will be deflated and disappointed by a lack of early success. Especially when they see someone else who blows it out of the water in the first few weeks.
When I see someone rise to the top quickly, it’s usually because of the person they were before they started their business. Many had spent years in personal development. overcoming their own limiting beliefs ahead of time. Others have been amazing friends and supporters of others for years and when they ask their circle of influence to take a look at what they are doing now, they say yes almost 100% of the time. Still others have an extremely tough work ethic and are willing to out work anyone, especially in the first 90 days.
Rather than getting caught up on how others are doing, focus on continuing to develop yourself and make sure that every day you are better than you were the day before. That’s all you really CAN do. And practice celebrating other people’s successes. When you are able to feel genuine JOY when someone else succeeds, without a shred of jealous (I wish it were me, why can’t I do it?) then you are truly on the path to success.
Day 9 of the #40daysofgratitude challenge. Congratulations to Ania Slowly who has won the first random prize, a copy of 30 Days of Gratitude, by Julie Boyer! I will continue to award prizes every week – so you join us at any time. More details on the challenge can be found here.