Yes, those kinds of thoughts catch all of us by surprise from time to time. So, when you realize you’re thinking those kinds of things in the future, do one of the following:
+ think about something else
(to break the pattern of negative thoughts);
+ do something positive
(that will put your mind back into a state of gratefulness);
+ tell yourself a joke
(gets the happy chemicals flowing in your brain);
+ snap your wrist with a “Yah, but” rubber band
(I’ve mentioned those in the past).
If you’ll do one of those things whenever self-destructive thoughts come, you’ll retrain your brain in good directions. Two of the results are that you’ll be happier and less stressed.
Rulers and measuring tapes are useful tools, when used the right way. If you use some form of them to gauge your own progress from one date to another, then that would be helpful.
Likewise, when it comes to personal growth, don’t consider other people your competition. Instead, try to treat them as your collaborative team members in life. If you want to compete against somebody, then compete against yourself.
Comparing yourself to others is dangerous. So, avoid it. Instead, pick something you want to work on in your own life; set a goal; set a deadline; and get started. Once some time has passed, compare your own progress to yourself. You’ll have healthy, useful results you can do something about.
The bottom line is that you only have control over your own actions and your own self. You can’t control some else’s actions, nor do you know everything they’ve gone through (good or bad) to achieve what they’ve achieved (good or bad). Therefore, use an internal monitoring system to track and improve your own achievements. Then, you’ll truly be comparing “like” to “like”.
As you live out the goodness of how God made you and for what He made you, you’ll sense that you’re growing instead of comparing. And, THAT is something worth getting excited about! So, be excited about who you are. You are blessed!
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