Before you compare yourself or your business anyone else

Today is  "Work at Home Wednesday." I will be live streaming on Periscope (because that's the only way Periscope works) each Wednesday at 2 p.m. CST. To find me search for @frugaldebtfree

Last week we discussed Avoiding emergencies as a work at home mom. This week we are going to discuss the danger of comparrison. 

I remember the first time I compared my body to someone else's. I was in middle school, and it was the first time I had to change out for gym. I was self conscious of my big hips. As I pulled my PE shirt over my head I immediately pulled it down over my hips as far as it would go. I kept pulling and pulling and pulling. 

I had fallen into the trap of comparison. It was a trap I was stuck in for years. 

Because I felt so different it must mean that there was something wrong with me. The trap of comparison made me feel broken, unworthy, and unimportant. 

And because I felt unworthy I looked for my worth in things. Literally. Things. I filled my life with so much stuff and yet my soul felt empty. I have really had to deal with these feelings. I have had to ask God to release me from them.

I have compared my home to the home's of other women. My children to their kids, my husband to their husbands. I have compared my blog to the blogs of other people. 

Comparison doesn't make you better. It won't make you shine. It will only steal your joy. (Tweet this!)

Don’t compare yourself and your businesses goals to that of another person. 

It will drive you insane. So if you know another mom whose businesses is running like gangbusters give her a pat on the back and keep chipping away. It’s not a race and it’s not a competition. 

Imagine you are an Olympic swimmer. Does it do you any good to look at anyone else while you are swimming? No. Stay in your lane, look at what’s in front of you and keep moving forward. Don’t get distracted by what is going on the other lanes. If you’re trying to work from home with small children you have enough on your plate without worrying about what everyone else is doing. 

Don't assume someone else has it easier than you. 

Certainly there are people who have different advantages than you do. Just as you might have an advantage over someone else. But trust me, everyone faces the same struggles, obstacles, doubts and fears when launching a business. 

Don't assume someone else has had instant success. 

It may take you several years to start to see a full-time income from a business. The average is five years. And it takes a lot of work. But if you love what you’re doing then the time and energy you put into it will be worth it in the end.

What about you? Do you struggle with comparison?