I admit it, I compare my work to what other people are doing. I look at Etsy shops and wonder why do they have more sales, why do other blogs get more comments, how come other people get more responses to there social media post, then I do.
I do it more often then I would like, and it's a bad habit that is very hard to change, but one that I am starting to work on.
We compare ourselves to others to gauge our progress and to see where to set the bar in the first place.
There are some easy steps you can take to stop comparing ourselves and our businesses to others:
Recognize that you are comparing yourself and that it's a bad habit you need to change. Once you recognize you are doing it, you can quickly stop and move on. We are all different and do things differently so embrace you methods as the right way.
Realize everyone is different. We all have a way of doing things, and changing what feels comfortable to you to the way someone else is doing something will not give you good results. Don't change because someone said their way is better, always do what works for you.
Don't be afraid to be yourself. Embrace all your quirks and nuances and let them shine. You can never go wrong being an original.
Change what needs to change, because you want to change it. Never let anyone else's ideas dictate how you do things and what makes you comfortable. If it feels right and needs to change go for it, and always strive for the best.
Habits don't change overnight.
Give yourself time, and
don't give up.
I have gotten better at accepting the direction my business is going. When I see someone with better results then myself, I just look to see if there is something I can learn from them, and move on.
Comparing ourselves with others is natural. It's what you do once your realize you are doing it that is important.
Do you compare business to other creative businesses?
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