Controlling Comparison Anxiety

Two clear acryllic piggy banks one stuffed full of american pennies the other empty Illustration of the "haves" and the "have nots". one pig is jealous the thought bubble can be filled with whatever you likeHey – I want to wish you an amazing day today. Yesterday was the first official day of 2016 and I hope for you, it was a positive start.

It was funny, I actually had some anxiety about the day.

There’s something about the pressure of a fresh start – a clean slate if you will. You just want the year to start off without a hitch. Smooth sailing here on out…

Oddly, I was so focused on trying to stay positive all day, it had the reverse effect.

It must have had something to do with another year passing but…

I started to think about my age.

Thoughts of where I am in life at my age compared to others people’s accomplishments began to take over.

Have you ever had that kind of comparison anxiety?

It’s not a proud moment.

It happens a lot to many people, though.

You think…

“I always thought I’d have (fill in the blank)
by this age…”

Or…

“Okay, this person is this old and they accomplished
(fill in the blank), so I can easily have x number of years
to accomplish that…”

It’s a comparison anxiety that can be triggered by wherever your focus is served.

Oftentimes this anxiety reveals itself as envy and can compare anything about another person’s life to yours.

It could be marital status, six pack abs, perfect life, financial status or something much more specific. It can be anything.

What happens is, you get so fixated on an outside distraction that you lose your sense of gratitude. And that’s when things get uncomfortable.

Here’s what you should know.

You, my good friend, are on no one’s timeline but your own.

You are alive. And you’re learning.

We can’t always prevent negative thoughts from entering our mind.

However, “entertaining” those negative thoughts is something that we do have control over.

You don’t have to indulge in a negative thought.

It may bubble up. But, it will pass.

Everyone is on their own journey and you can’t compare your
path with anyone else’s.

If you like this email, you should check out my 10 Tips forImproving Self-Esteem here.

I want you to have a wonderful day today.

Thank you so much,
– Jason


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