As I work to switch my mindset from the weekend to the work week I thought about what other switches might need to be flipped.
The biggest switch I need to flip off and never turn on again is how often I compare myself. I do it effortlessly. I do it without knowing. And I do it often.
I feel the pain of comparison. The negative self talk that I don’t always see…
“I wish I was as thin as her.”
“I wish I could write like that.”
“She’s so lucky.”
“I wish I could have her house, his money, that smile, those shoes, etc.”
The list goes on and on. Sometimes we speak the words out loud to each other and sometimes we write them on our heart. You know what that does? It steals your joy!!
I felt my heart grow heavy so many times wishing I had a different set of circumstances. I found myself failing to appreciate the many blessings around me and instead focused on circumstances that God didn’t choose for me.
There is someone out there wishing they were you. Wanting your house, your hair, your clothes, and your circumstances.
One of my goals for 2019 and beyond is to stop comparing myself. As a testimony to God’s perfect timing, I received an email this morning saying just that. “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”
You know what you do better than anyone else? You are the best at being you. It’s a title no one can take from you! In 2019 I’m going to be myself. I’m going to learn what that means and stop comparing myself to someone I’m not. I’ll compare myself to who I was yesterday and strive to be who I want to be tomorrow.
Be you bravely. Don’t worry about who you aren’t, focus on who you are. Be the best version of you that you can be.