From time to time, we all have a tendency to compare ourselves to others. Perhaps it’s human nature and, therefore, inevitable. And while learning from others is certainly an important part of critical decision making, it can be damaging if it is used to reinforce an unrealistic or negative self-image. It is much more productive to focus your comparison inward, trying to improve upon your own past (or current) level of effort and performance.
Comparing yourself to others is like shooting at a moving target. There will always be someone who does something(s) better than you and, conversely, there will always be something(s) you can do better than others. Everyone is different, and you can’t be afraid to be you. The key is to realistically assess your current level of performance and get to work on improving that (see The One-Percent Rule).
What is your current grade point average? How about your free throw shooting percentage? Or maybe your bench press 1 rep max? The point is, it doesn’t matter what it is, or if it relates to school, sports, work, or life. Whatever it is, set a goal, create an action plan, and get to work on improving it today. Don’t spend a lot of time trying to be better than others; spend more time trying to create a better you. Compare yourself to you. Improve you.
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