12 ways to stop comparing yourself to others

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Why are we always so hard on ourselves? And why do we feel the need to compare ourselves to there constantly? In the recent week, I thought a lot about this topic and realized, that comparing yourself to others is the easiest way to feel unhappy and frustrated. You have to differentiate between admiration and envy. We often mix these two feelings, although they are so different.

To admire something triggers something positive in ourselves and in the best case, it motivates us to work on ourselves. Envy, however, has often a negative impact on our life and lead us to the same question over and over again ,,Why not me?“. Often we are jealous of someone`s life, without realizing`, that we have completely other dreams deep inside. Last week, I read an interesting article on Edition F, which was all about true and false dreams. There is this one quote from this article, which I can’t get out of my head: „Everyone is at each moment in the exact situation in which he wants to be“. Of course, there are exceptions and circumstances, but it’s about the principle to distinguish your real dreams from false dreams someone else has.

As mentioned above, to compare yourself with others is the best way to be unhappy. Mostly we compare ourselves to people who are in a very different situation than we are and generally live a different life, with a completely different background. Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.

In the recent week, I have often compared myself to others. It lead me to many questions and due to all of the nagging and negative energy, I totally forgot to be grateful for what I have. Grateful for being healthy, to have a supporting family, to wake up next to the love of my life every single day, to combine my passion with a job, to be my own boss, to live in an apartment, where I feel so save and happy, being able to travel and having people around, who care about me. These are all things we often take for granted and don’t appreciate enough. There are is so much to be grateful for in our lives. We are the only person who can change our life. We are responsible for our own happiness and success and if we believe in ourselves, we can make things happen, that we thought were impossible. We can change our lives, if we are unhappy. The trick is to find out the reasons why we are unhappy and how we can improve our situation. You can have someone else as your role model and be inspired, as long as this admiration is 100% positive. Stick to your own dreams, no matter what other people think about it and no matter what other peoples dreams are. Today, I have 12 tips for you on how to stop comparing yourself to others and start believing in your own dreams.

1. Find inspiration without comparison

As described above, the line between inspiration and comparison is very thin. Be inspired by others, but don’t compare yourself to them. Inspiration is something positive, something that should enrich your life. Inspiration should lead you to pursue your dreams and goals, it should motivate you in a healthy and positive way. Cut out the things in your life which make you compare your bad qualities to someone else’s success. Cut out everything that triggers demotivation.

2. Remind yourself again and again to your achievements

This point is super important and I surely have to work on that one myself. To remember your own success is often difficult when you are in a negative and desperate situation. But especially in moments like this, it is so important to keep in mind what we have already achieved and how many small and big successes you have already mastered.

We forget moments of happiness too quickly, however, we still remember all the bad things. This is exactly what you have to work on. Turn this habit upside down and remember all the positive stuff that happened. An easy exercise that may help you is a success-and-happiness-jar. Just write all your small and big accomplishments on a post-it and collect all of them in a jar. Whenever you’re having a lousy day, feel frustrated and unhappy, useless and unmotivated, just read the post-its from your jar and see all the great things you achieved. That could be a positive feedback from a customer, a great job someone offered to you, positive criticism from readers, friends or family, a difficult task that you have mastered, a project you have successfully implanted etc.. You can also write down your major milestone and hang it on your wall. It is so important to never forget where you started from. As the chart below shows, success is not a straight road upwards, but a long hard road with many ups and downs. Believe in yourself and stay strong.

3. Practice being gratitude every day

Too often we forget to be grateful for all the beautiful things in our lives. The constant urge of being better and better every day prevents us from appreciating what is not for granted. Try to remember what you are grateful for every day. A gratitude diary is a great exercise that I just started myself. Just grab a blank notebook and write down 3 things for which you are grateful for today every day. It can be simple things like fresh and healthy food, a walk in the park, a nice conversation with a friend or a good idea that you had that day. The diary will help you to appreciate all the little things that make your life so beautiful and happy, that we sometimes don’t realize. And always remember: Feeling gratitude is one of the most important things to find you inner peace.

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4. Be aware of your strengths

We tend to rather know our weaknesses as our strengths. Accept your weaknesses and get over them. There will always be things in which we are not as good as someone else. This is human. Get yourself together and focus on your strength. Try to see them, use them and be proud of them. Focusing on your strength does not mean that you ignore your weaknesses. It means, to find things and areas where you can rise and grow. Do me the favor and ask your family and friends about your strength. I’m pretty sure you’ll be surprised by what others see in you what you might not even recognize yet. Progress means making the effort to make your life extraordinary.

5. Strive for process, not for perfection

Nothing is perfect, even if it sometimes seems like that from the outside. There is no perfect life, no perfect family, no perfect career. You should focus on the process, not on perfection. Learn from your mistakes and use them. Every one of us has imperfections, that`s what makes us human and unique. Be ok with not being perfect and realize that imperfection is what makes you who you are. Growing is so much more fun than being perfect all the time. If you want to compare, then compare yourself with the previous you. Look at the process and try to see everything with a positive perspective.

6. Use social media in a positive way

Social media has a big impact on our lives and thoughts. Follow people who inspire you and who have a positive effect on you. If you want to exercise more, follow fitness pages. If you wish to eat healthier then follow healthy eating accounts. If it’s your dream to travel the world, follow travel profiles. Eliminate everyone who has a negative impact on your motivation. It will only cost you time and nerves and makes you unhappy. Just last week, I radically cleaned out my social media feeds. It feels so good! At the moment, I’m looking for more inspirational accounts on the topics entrepreneurship, fitness, travel and vegan lifestyle. Any tips?

And always remember: People on Social media (including myself) only share a very little part of their lives on Instagram. It’s not all of the story, it’s just a little picture-perfect moment with a lot of filters and retouch. Don’t take social media to serious and start focusing more on yourself.

7. Accept yourself

,,The worst loneliness is to hate yourself. “, once said Mark Twain. Self-acceptance is a topic that gets far too little attention. We are rather upset of our weaknesses instead of accepting them and working on them. In the matter of fact, you can be as upset about the reality as much as you like, but it won’t change a thing.

Accept yourself and your weaknesses, also accept the things you can NOT change and try to distinguish these things clearly. Only if you accept yourself, with all the edges that you have, only then you can start to change things on which you have the power to change.

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8. Be Confident

If you constantly compare yourself with others, it will have an impact on your self-confidence. You feel small, vulnerable, not smart enough, or perhaps not attractive enough. You will radiate those negative feelings to the outside and seem insecure to others. Free yourself from these thoughts and believe in you and your unique path. Be confident and think positive. Bring the positivity out there!

9. Realize that you are unique

There is only one you on this planet. You are unique, your experiences are unique and your thoughts are unique. There will always be someone who is larger, thinner, richer and more successful than you. Do not try to be someone else and start to realize that you are a special person, a unique person. You are awesome!

10. Learn from the success of others

You can compare yourself to others, but you have to keep out the emotions. Try not to take everything so personal. It if is a skill, that the person you are comparing with is great in, which you want to learn to, do it. Learn from the success of others and find a person, that is an inspiration or role model in a great and positive way. In the best case, it will help you to be more productive, to be more motivated and brings you closer to achieving your goals.

11. Go offline more often

As a full-time blogger, I really have to stick to this point more often. I’m online all day long. When brushing my teeth, during breakfast, in the metro… always. Especially when I’m bored, I scroll through my Instagram and Facebook Feed. Our subconscious mind has to handle so many impressions every day, that it’s sometimes quite overwhelming. Every day social media bombs us with thousands of pictures, news, emotions, success stories and beautiful lives of others, that we often forget to hold on to our own goals and strive for them. Just try to go offline more often, or follow fewer people. Take a healthy distance to social media and be aware, that social media is not real life.

12. surround yourself with people who lift you higher

“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers, and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those, who see the greatness within you, even when you do not see it yourself.” – Edmund Lee

Be strong and courageous enough to say goodbye to the people from your life that pull you down, hurt you and make you feel bad and unhappy. Take care of people who care about you, who listen to you, who give you constructive criticism, who give you feedback, who encourage you and make you happy.

 

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  • Reply
    Vanessa
    23. May 2016 at 11:30

    Ein wirklich sehr schöner und vor allem ausführlicher Beitrag, liebe Valerie! Ich glaube, jeder hat mal Phasen, in denen er mit sich selbst unzufrieden ist und leider ist das oft eine Spirale, die nach unten führt. Genau in diesen Momenten neigt man nämlich oft dazu, sich mit anderen zu vergleichen und denkt dann häufig nicht rational. Die Tipps, die du genannt hast, sind toll und man sollte wirklich versuchen, öfters an sich zu arbeiten. Vor allem die Dankbarkeit für die eigenen Familie, Gesundheit und ein schönes Zuhause finde ich total wichtig!

    Fühl dich gedrückt, Vanessa
    PIECESOFMARIPOSA.com

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      Valerie
      23. May 2016 at 12:17

      Vielen lieben Dank für dein Feedback! Da hast du absolut Recht, wir neigen ganz unterbewusst einfach dazu und es ist eine Angewohnheit, die nur sehr schwer abzutrainieren ist. Oft denken wir, unsere eigenen Träume sind weniger Wert, weil andere das denken oder eben ganz andere Träume haben. Besonders in der Bloggerbranche ist mir das mit dem Vergleichen schon oft aufgefallen. Aber wie du schon gesagt hast, Familie, Gesundheit und ein schönes Zuhause sind Dinge die viel mehr Wert sind und auf die wir uns am meisten konzentrieren sollten, bei allem was wir tun <3

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    Laura
    23. May 2016 at 14:39

    Nummer drei ist eindeutig mein Lieblings Punkt! Das bekomme ich so oft wieder auf meiner Reise mit.
    ch mache gerade eine Weltreise und gerade reisenwir per Anhalter durch Südamerika, Grüße ich freue mich auf einen Besuch <3

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    Josi
    23. May 2016 at 21:50

    Hallo Valerie…auch ich habe mich mit dem Thema in letzter viel auseinander gesetzt und eine Post darüber geschrieben. Deiner gefällt mir super und gibt sogar Tipps, wie man das vermeiden kann.
    Wir vergleichen uns immer wieder und ich kenn das von mir selbst, dass ich mich schlechter mache als ich eigentlich bin. Vielen Dank für deinen offenen Post!

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    Michael
    11. June 2016 at 23:50

    Kommentar auf deutscher Sprach-Variante des Beitrags!

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    Michael
    12. June 2016 at 0:01

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    Margarete
    24. May 2016 at 18:36

    Hi!

    Ich frage mich, ob diese Thema mehr ein weibliches Dilemma ist.
    Denn ich kenn so viele Frauen, die permanent damit zu kämpfen haben während viele Männer diese Probleme nicht sehen.

    LG Margarete

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      Valerie
      24. May 2016 at 18:38

      Hi Margarete, Ich denke das kommt ganz drauf an. Ich denke Männer vergleichen sich auch oft mit anderen, aber eben nicht so intensiv und persönlich wie es Frauen tun.

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    25. May 2016 at 10:09

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    Aleen
    25. May 2016 at 18:20

    Ich glaube dass viele Menschen sich eben nicht mit Menschen umgeben die ihnen wirklich wirklich gut tuen und ihnen allen voran was gutes wünschen. Da triffst du aufjedenfall einen guten Punkt. Wir müssen erkennen, dass auch wenn wir noch so schwach und am Boden sind, es dann besonders wichtig ist, dass da Menschen sind die immer noch die schönsten Seiten an uns sehen und uns diese auch vor Augen halten. So und unter Berücksichtigung einer richtigen eigenen Wahrnehmung hört man auf das einzigartige Ich mit etwas zu vergleichen, was man nie erreichen wird. Grüße, Aleen

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    julia
    25. May 2016 at 23:04

    Was für ein toller Post, einer der besten, die ich seit langem gelesen hab! Trotz allem denke ich, als aller ersten Schritt getreu dem Motto ” Einsicht ist der erste Schritt zur Besserung” muss man sich gnadenlos vor Augen führen wo überall einem diese nagenden Vergleiche passieren und wie oft das ganze einfach automatisiert abläuft.

    Liebst Julia
    bievenue dans ma realite.

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    julia
    25. May 2016 at 23:05

    Was für ein toller Post, einer der besten, die ich seit langem gelesen hab! 🙂
    Trotz allem denke ich, als aller ersten Schritt getreu dem Motto ” Einsicht ist der erste Schritt zur Besserung” muss man sich gnadenlos vor Augen führen wo überall einem diese nagenden Vergleiche passieren und wie oft das ganze einfach automatisiert abläuft.

    Liebst Julia
    bievenue dans ma realite.

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    Biene
    29. May 2016 at 9:54

    Ein schöner Beitrag 🙂 ich habe oft das Gefühl, dass es bei anderen Leuten nicht gut ankommt, wenn man von sich selbst zu überzeugt ist (Thema Selbstliebe). Irgendwie ist es nur chic, sich selbst runterzumachen, und oft artet eine Bemerkung über die Dinge, die an einem Tag schlecht gelaufen sind, in einen regelrechten Wettbewerb darüber aus, wer denn nun das härteste Schicksal hat. Wer sich hingegen mal selbst lobt, wirkt arrogant und abgehoben. Kein Wunder also, dass es uns schwer fällt, uns selbst gern zu haben! Ich glaube aber, dass es möglich ist, sich selbst zu schätzen und trotzdem demütig zu sein.

    LG Biene
    http://lettersandbeads.de