Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else. Galatians 6:4
Procrastination Buster Number Four: Don’t compare yourself to others.
Nothing stops the flow of creativity more than comparing myself to others. Usually I’m comparing my insides to their outsides. My rough draft to their finished book. My inside mess to their polished perfection. All my insecurities surface and work stops.
Comparing makes me ungrateful. I can be pleased and thankful for my work – then I walk into a bookstore and begin to compare. Questions arise about my abilities. Doubts surface. Inspiration is lost. I no longer appreciate the unique words that God has given just to me.
Comparing makes me judgmental. I can find myself looking for the weaknesses of others to bolster my own pride. That’s ugly.
Comparing pulls me off course. I can lose heart and focus when I am concerned about what others are doing instead of the work that God gave me to do.
The answer for me is to keep the focus on God and what He has for me to do today. Then I can appreciate my work, celebrate the work of others, and stay on track. Simple! Or is it?
How about you? Do you compare?
(Photo of Samson and Peanut by Laurie)
And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12: 1-2