Ask yourself this question, "what is stopping me from reaching my full potential?" Maybe you're not focused enough. Maybe you're not ambitious enough. Maybe you have all of the makings of a successful person, but you're too busy comparing yourself to others that you can't focus on your own success...
I'm guilty of this. Social media can be a blessing and a curse. If used correctly, it can grow your brand and/or business while connecting you to people all over the world. However, if you're like me, you may scroll through your timeline and compare yourself to others that you follow (especially those people that you know). It's okay to admit that you do this because realistically, most of us do without even realizing it. You may see someone who SEEMS to have it all: a relationship, a great job, a lot of opportunities to travel and so on. That person appears to be living it up and looks as if they are super happy with life. Then, you ask yourself, "why am I not where they are in life?" You start to doubt your own progress and blessings because they don't seem good enough compared to other people's progress and blessings.
COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS WILL STUNT YOUR GROWTH.
I am learning that I will never maximize my success by focusing on the next person's success. I am also learning that I should be excited about my blessings simply because God loved me enough to bless me this way. I should NOT be excited about my blessings because it gives me something to brag about on social media and it will make me seem like I'm keeping up with everyone else.
Another important thing to remember is that we only put what we want others to see on our social media. So yes, that person is posting their happy moments with their significant other and their job opportunities. However, we don't see their private struggles and what they had to go through just to get to where they are. Sometimes people literally go through hell and back to be able to post these happy moments, so we should be grateful for what struggles God has blocked us from.
Also, sometimes people progress faster in life than others. That doesn't mean you're behind, you are just on your own path that cannot be compared to anyone else's path. Then, we must remember that some of the posts we see may not even be real. Is that person really fulfilled with their job, their significant other, their finances or anything else they post?
We can all pose for a picture, but your true happiness starts with what is behind the lens.
With that being said, it is okay to look at other people's post and be happy for them. However, do not let their happiness (or what appears to be happiness) make you feel less than. We are all on different paths in life and we should embrace that. Be thankful for where God has you because it could have been a lot worse. Focus less on where someone is in life and focus more on where you're going in life. That's what is going to help you reach your full potential.
Challenge: If you struggle with comparing yourself to others, I challenge you to unplug from social media for a week (or just a few days). Take your mind off of what is going on in everyone else's life and spend the next few days focusing ONLY on yours. You can also use this time to practice some self-care activities; read one of my latest posts here to get an idea of some things you can do to detox for the week.