We’ve all heard the phrase “comparison is the thief of joy,” but oh boy – it couldn’t be more spot on. The job I chose to take on is SO visual + present within the online world, that it’s hard not to get a little jealous of what exciting things others in your “niche” may be doing. It’s that feeling of missing out or wanting to do more and more. But guess what? You are yourself and they are themselves. Although our paths may cross from time to time, we were made to forge our own. Comparison will only slow you down.
Now, I’ve been all over the board here. Sometimes I wake up and feel the need to offer business consultations. Other days I wonder what it would be like to step it up a notch and make a living off of blogging. But here’s the thing … while I dabble in some of the above things and more, I’m not a business coach, nor am I a full-time blogger. I am a designer. And when I allow comparison to seep in, I tend to get distracted from what I truly love to do. It’s a life lesson that I’m sure I will need to remind myself of again and again in the future. But we’re only human, right?
When it comes down to it, I’ve had one consistent goal throughout my freelance years : to open up a small studio that works with top notch lifestyle brands. And while I consider myself halfway there within my personal studio, I know I have something big to work towards. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do. The reason, though, that I’m sharing this with you all today is to hold myself accountable and put everything on the table. On those days that I feel Mr. Comparison creeping in, this is exactly what I need to remember. I am doing what I was meant to do. It’s as simple as that.