Stop comparing yourself to others.
We humans are comparison shoppers. It’s probably some kind of a survival mechanism that we’re always weighing, ranking, and judging ourselves and everything around us.
- “She’s so much prettier than me.”
- He’s so much more successful than me.”
- “They’re so lucky.”
- “I wish I had that life.”
- “I hate rich people.”
- “I’ll never be that smart.”
These are a few of the millions of ways we judge, compare, and become jealous of what other people have. There is nothing productive in any of this. The time we spend doing this is time better spent working on ourselves.
One of the sure keys to success and happiness, though, is to stop doing this and run your own race. Masters, gurus, and weekend motivational teachers galore have offered some version of the only person you need to be comparing yourself to is you yesterday.
Get in the habit of being so into doing you that you don’t have time to worry about what others were doing. You’re in a one-person race, but if you’re consciousness is in everyone else’s lane, you’ll never run your best.
Every flower is beautiful in it’s own way. So are we!
Aloha from Kauai!
Power hack: If you have trouble doing this, try “tick-marking.” Have a sheet of paper handy throughout the day. Each time you catch yourself comparing yourself to someone else, stop, make a tick mark on your sheet. Consciously stopping and awareness of how much you do this are great ways to reduce it.
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Control what you ingest – mentally, physically, spiritually
There’s an old computer science phrase, “garbage in, garbage out.” It refers to the idea that if your inputs are flawed, your outputs will be too.
In this way, we are no different from computers. If we consume garbage information, we will get garbage results. If we consume unproductive thoughts or beliefs, we will get garbage results. If we consume garbage food, we will get garbage results.
Our minds, bodies, and spirits, as long as we are incarnate in these forms, rely on us consuming what feeds them well.
So, I’m not here to tell you what to think, what to believe, or what to eat. I am here to suggest you pay attention to everything – physical and non-physical – you take into your being and how it makes you feel.
If you’re consuming healthy mindsets and healthy food, congratulations. If you’re not, you may want to become more intentional in these areas. Modifying your inputs will make all your outputs more successful.
Find your bliss. Experience your bliss. Become your bliss.
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Don’t just do something. Sit there.
~John Kabat Zinn
It’s Day 13. You’ve been pondering and working hard thus far on new or revisited ideas to shift the trajectory of your life. Action, action, action is necessary, if you are going to make the difference you hope to make.
The clever quote above reminds you, though, that you don’t always have to be doing something. Sometimes you need to take a break and just be for a while.
Blaise Pascal went even further. “All humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” Kurt Vonnegut chimed in, “I am a human being, not a human doing.”
You must do to achieve in the world, but you must learn to be occasionally if you want all you’re doing to have an impact.
So, today your mission is to do nothing related to your goals and dreams. Set them aside. Focus on drinking in the people, places, and things around you.
Oddly enough, the universe often rewards our relaxation with new insights not afforded to those who push the pedal to the metal without breaks. The writer and artist William S. Burroughs confirms this principle, “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.”
Relax and enjoy your day off!
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My wife is a crafter and she’s a magician with her Cricut machine. She made me this awesome t-shirt. It’s my reminder of the two words I’m working to live by every day in 2019.