“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
I love this quote from President Theodore Roosevelt because it tells us that constantly judging ourselves against some impossible standard of living or someone else’s level of success can actually rob us of the joy we get from the awesome aspects of our own lives.
Quite a few of my blogs I’ve been talking about the blockers that can keep us from achieving a dream life that will truly make us happy—a life of less stress, more joy, a career we love, a home life that’s balanced, and opportunities for us to always be growing.
But today’s blocker constantly puts us in competition with an impossible standard. It’s . . . Envy.
All too often we see what others have or listen to what society says is the “ideal life.” But the reality is that you have unique gifts and abilities and dreams and desires, so comparing yourself to some fixed standard isn't even fair. Worse yet, most people haven’t researched what it would be like to maintain that house, do that job, or travel to that exotic locale. It’s possible you wouldn’t even like those things once you acquired them.
Your job instead is to decide what’s right and authentic for you—then pursue it with all your heart.
Envy is never part of a balanced lifestyle. And coaching people through finding balance and achieving life changes in every major area is something I do.
Shouldn’t we talk about where you want to go in life? It takes just 30 minutes to find out how the THE TWO OF US can get you there.
Copyright Natasha Loohuys 2023