Comparison Kills

Comparison kills your spirit.  Comparison kills your motivation.  Comparison kills your ability to be creative.

Dr. Success Challenge:  Reflect back through your day and focus specifically on your thoughts.  Do you remember having any thoughts where you compared yourself (negatively or positively) to another person?  Be honest.  Think about the woman who walked by who had that job you applied for but did not get.  Or the woman carrying that purse you wanted but feel you cannot afford. Or the article in the paper about number of stock grants the guy that used to work for you just received – along with a big promotion.  Or the man holding a sign begging for spare change as you sat in your air conditioned car.

It is not just the thoughts that kill your spirit, motivation and creativity.  It is the amount of time you invest in those thoughts that you can never retrieve.  Precious time you could invest focusing, following up and following through on your goals and dreams.  Those are my big three F’s for fighting comparison – you are actually too busy achieving your own results! Go figure!

I was grateful to see a young successful entrepreneur, Marie Forleo tweet “Comparison is creative kryptonite. Stay in your own game.” @MarieForleo  She is teaching a whole generation a lesson we all need to #relearn at every age!

Thank you Bing Art for the photo “Am I tall or short?”

Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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