THE CHALLENGE: To stop using unfavourable comparisons to others as a stick with which to beat yourself.
Look out for this popular trip wire if you are trying to restore some lost confidence. If you are comparing yourself unfavourably to those around you: friends, colleagues, even relations, then you are actively undermining your own position and where’s the upside to this waste of mental energy?
- Finding inspiration in the achievement of others can be a great source for motivation, however, be careful this does not slip into negative comparison – which is very fruitful ground for weighing down your own self confidence…..completely unnecessarily.
- You are unique and possess your own skills and abilities, but how can you properly concentrate on your own performance if you are busy getting anxious about how someone else is doing?
How many sprint races were lost when, instead of dipping for the finishing tape, a competitor decides instead to glance across at the competition?
Improve your own game – you have already identified your skills in BOOSTER No.2 so:
- Set out a plan to enhance the things you are already good at, and to challenge yourself in areas where you may need to improve.
- What new element would you like to add to your skill set? Identify it and then set about getting it
Up your own game – this is where true motivation comes from….not in glancing at what others are doing….they will have different strengths and weaknesses to you. Watch out for wasted energy wishing you were like someone else – it’ll never happen so rule it out of your thought process.