Comparing yourself to others just doesn't work. It's a self destructive cycle, and it's time to stop. Now.
Obsessing with likes, followers and comments on social media. Worrying about how well your peers seem to be doing. Feeling envious, or worse – jealous of people who brag about success. Our culture has grown to embrace competition as a healthy accolade, yet for so many of us it has the adverse affect. We get caught up by people representing the best parts of their lives and careers online, and lose confidence in our own worth and abilities by constantly comparing ourselves to others.
Get off your own back. Give yourself a break. Unfortunately, when we create a state of mind that is more worried about how well other people are doing rather than celebrating how well we are doing, it becomes impossible to move forward in a meaningful way. Inspiration becomes hazy, motivation is lacking, and our true identity starts to drift away, lost in favour of competing with those around us.
It's really important to step out of this world of competition. Maybe give social media a break for a while. Get back into what you really enjoy, and make sure you're doing it for the right reasons – for you. When you start to appreciate what you enjoy about life, and about your work again, other people's lives won't seem such a concern. Forget what they're about, live your own life and enjoy it – in the ways that only you know how. Once you let go of comparison and ego fueled life prospects, your own journey will become more meaningful, your impact much greater, and your sense of self much more significant.
Get out there and be yourself – enjoy your personal journey!