Why do we compare ourselves to others?
It’s as if we are wired to look at somebody else’s accomplishments and judge them against our own.
We think that by measuring up to someone else that we have reached a level of success that is something we should be striving for. This idea however, is completely false.
First off, we are all DIFFERENT.
Every single person reading this post is different from one another, as well as myself. We all have specific traits, goals, skills, and attitudes that shape the individual you see in the mirror.
If this is the case then, that each person is indeed an individual, then why are we trying to veer into other peoples lanes?
This goes both ways as well.
By comparing yourself to somebody who you’ve deemed to be “successful,” you immediately squander your own achievements.
AND, by comparing yourself to others, you immediately place yourself in the same race as that person. This is the issue I have with the idea of human comparison.
If I’m comparing my unique self, with all of my individual abilities and ideas to somebody who is obviously not me, I’m completely limiting my potential. It would be like a long distance runner comparing themselves to a sprinter. Sure, they’re both doing the same action, going from point A to point B with their legs being the only mode of transportation; but, they’re two completely different skillsets, body types, distances, and mental races.
So, my suggestion to you is the next time you look at somebody else’s accomplishments, congratulate them, but remember that you are not them.
You my friend have your own race to run and in order to stand atop the podium of self improvement you must stay in your lane.
I’ll leave you with this:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, – Hebrews 12:1
– Cooper Mitchell