You know that saying, “The grass is greener on the other side”? Well, I’ve learned over time that “it’s always greener where you water it”. Meaning, stop comparing yourself to others and truly appreciate the things you have in your life.
Nowadays, it’s easy to see what others have and become envious. Comparison is a seedy little devil. You don’t want to have it creep anymore deeper into your mind because it can really be damaging. Not only to your thinking and how you treat others, but how you see and treat yourself.
When I feel like I’m comparing myself to someone, I’ve put these tips into practice:
Practicing Gratitude helps with Contentment
Sometimes we have to stop and look at our lives and appreciate the things we do have vs. the things we don’t have. When I’m lacking gratitude, I have this feeling like I’m lacking something in my life.
I usually find myself stopping whatever I’m doing just to count my blessings. I believe the more we are grateful, the more we’re able to enjoy our lives right where we are and to not worry about what other people are doing.
Stay in your lane
As a creative person, I like to seek inspiration from other artists. But it doesn’t help to see their work and wonder, “How can I make my work like theirs?”
I believe it’s great to want to aspire to the level of someone’s work, but I also believe that your work should not be the same as someone else. Use the inspiration to fuel your creative power and make it into your own masterpiece.
Just like race horses need blinders in order to focus, you need to put your blinders on and focus on your craft. Keep this saying in mind, “Stay in your lane”. You have something unique that others do not have so use it to your advantage.
Strive for progress not perfection
We’re not perfect and we always make mistakes. But, if you’re making progress, that means your growing! It doesn’t matter how long it takes to get to where you want to be. What does matter is that you are growing every single day. Whether your growth is through your blogging traffic, skill set around photography, etc. Keep harnessing your craft and watch your growth exceed your expectations.
If you make these tips a part of your daily routine, not only will you begin to appreciate your own greenery, but you’ll also begin to appreciate others as well.