I was scrolling through Instagram this morning when I came across a photo posted by a friend of mine. It was a photo of her sailing through a river in a beautiful exotic location (probably Bali or somewhere similar), with #createyourreality #thepowerofnow written below.
The first emotion I felt was, "wow. this girl is amazing, she travels whenever and wherever she pleases. She is literally in a new place every other month!"
My second emotion, "damn, she is really living the perfect life. She can travel wherever and whenever she chooses. Why can't I?"
Now this friend of mine is a pure and radiant soul. She is empowering and inspiring in every aspect and I truly look up to her, even if she doesn't know it! But this isn't the first time I caught myself comparing my life to someone else's. But isn't that the dirty trick of Instagram that everyone tries to warn us about?! We constantly see the best side of someone's life, but we rarely ever see their struggles.
See, I know my friend here, she works so hard, and she has grown so much in her business and so quickly! So why would I have negative emotions towards her success?
Well, let's go back to my conflicting emotions. Notice how my first thought process was excited and positive, while my second thought process was the complete opposite. I found myself comparing my life to someone else's, I was beating myself up and feeling bad for "not being where I want to be".
This is how our subconscious works! We are so quick to judge ourselves based on one single photo of someone else's life. One single moment that took them months, maybe a year to accomplish! Our limiting beliefs make us think "well, I could NEVER achieve that or else I would have by now!". Our subconscious mind reverts back to those dark emotions of not feeling good enough. We're not good enough to experience a wonderful life full of adventure and financial freedom. We aren't good enough to have success; whether that stems from being brought up in a low income household or lack of confidence from our family and friends. Whatever it is, those beliefs are hard-wired into our subconscious mind and causes us to limit ourselves to all of the amazing opportunities this universe has to offer!
The moment I realized that I was falling back into that pattern with my limiting beliefs, I reminded myself of something very important:
"You are at a very different point in your life which cannot be compared to anyone else. Where someone else is in their life is where you will be, and where you are right now is where someone else is trying to get to. Trust the process and believe in yourself".
It's okay to feel inspired by someone else's achievements, but never allow your limiting beliefs make you feel less than, just because you haven't reached that point in your life yet.
The next time you catch yourself comparing your life to someone else's, take a step back and decide where you want your life to be, and how can you accomplish those same goals?
Is it a trip you want to go on? Than decide on the action you need to take in order to achieve that goal, and MANIFEST!
The universe is willing to provide you with anything you want. Including that trip to Bali.
My name is Tay, I am a Blogger and Mindset Success Coach. I believe in manifesting dreams into reality in order to achieve the life you deserve, while helping others find the light in their life.
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