Social media feeds into our human need for approval and belongingness while simultaneously making it very easy to compare ourselves to others. It gives us tangible results. I know you check how many “likes” you got on your #ootd, #foodporn worthy breakfast, and #fitfgirl yoga move. We all do it.
But the game kinda sucks. It can lead to you feeling unworthy, unimportant, and not good enough. Or, it can make you feel better than others, temporarily sending your ego on a field day. Until you go to the next person’s Instagram and their #beachday looks like way more fun than yours. Ego crash and burn.
Comparison is the thief of joy
I also think it is the thief of productivity. I get caught in the game often, and always come out feeling as though I wasted my thoughts, energy, and time comparing myself to some outward theory of how I think I should be. Seems ridiculous, right?
I have to bring myself back to reality and realize I am on my own path. It may be different from others, and today my friends may have had a better #beachday than me, but it is my own. I am responsible for living every moment of it to it’s fullest. If you can do that, then the comparison game sort of drifts away.
This is vital to building confidence. Confidence is about understanding no one is better than you, but you are no better than anyone else. You are your own, with your own experiences, and your own ability to make your life the best it can be. You only have to compete with yourself, and here is the time to be competitive. Reach, grow, get uncomfortable. Be better than the you were yesterday.
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Try looking through your old social media material. This allows you to compare your current self to your old self. Have you improved? Are you going down the right path? Do you need to readjust a few things?
Wishing you all the success you will allow yourselves to have!
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