Every time you log into Facebook, you risk falling prey to a debilitating disorder. I call it The Compulsion to Compare—judging yourself against others successes and coming up painfully short.
Lord knows, it happens to me. A lot! To keep from spiraling into self-recrimination, I repeat a rhyme my grandpa taught me long ago:
If every man’s eternal care
Were written on his brow,
How many would our pity share
That hold our envy now?
Those words remind me that virtually everyone struggles with their own ‘internal cares.’
But what distinguishes the Successful is that they don’t let their fear, worry, self-doubt or whatever burdens they bear stop them…at least not for long.
They feel the fear, suffer the distractions but stay the course. And when they fall down, as they always do, they get back up and keep going. The truth is, Greatness can only be achieved by transcending your inner turmoil.
I’d love to know: Have you ever struggled with The Compulsion to Compare?
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