Career Advice AUDIO / Self-Management

Comparison Kills Career Momentum

Comparison Kills Career Momentum

Do you acknowledge the importance of habitual patterns in your career growth strategy? One habit you may have overlooked can have a massive impact on your career trajectory. Learn why comparison kills career momentum in this audio clip.

While most people are aware of the importance of good work habits, many people are not so cognizant of how comparison kills career momentum.

And, yes, comparison is a habit because it is a behavior you have the power to regulate.

Comparison is one of the most toxic habitual patterns I see in my clients.

It can take many forms.

Some of the ways people play the tragic comparison game are by comparing themselves to:

  • What others do.
  • What others don’t do.
  • What others say.
  • How others dress.
  • How others run their businesses.
  • How others communicate.
  • What others do in their spare time.

The list goes on because there is no end to the many ways we can compare ourselves to other people.

So, how is it that comparison kills career momentum?

It makes us feel upset, unworthy, and unhappy.

It even causes physical distress in some instances, and it invariably leads to complaining and negativity.

All these things mitigate our personal and career satisfaction.

When we are focused on someone else’s behavior, we aren’t paying enough attention to our own career growth.

The comparison habit is a function of self worth.

I’m not advocating walking around the company proclaiming how great you are.

What I do advocate is paying attention to your own journey, putting energy into how you can contribute, and not worrying too much about what other people are doing or thinking.

Of course, if you are working on a project with other people, you have to be tuned into them on some level.

But the focus should be centered around the project and not their behavior.

A great analogy for stepping out of the comparison game is to imagine you are wearing blinders like the ones that race horses wear so they don’t get distracted by the other horses.

Focus on you.

You’ve got plenty to think about without adding the stress of comparing yourself to how others do or don’t behave.

 


 

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