Perform to your own standards

“Should you ever find yourself the victim of other people’s bitterness, jealousy, lies, and insecurities…Don’t be mad. Remember, things could be worse. You could be them.” – Anonymous

I am better than … maybe the greatest distraction in your life. It’s so possible to feel that you are ahead of the pack and that you are winning (a small battle) while you are losing a serious war. Feeling and thinking you are better than others is normally a result of using a wrong measuring scale. Having an expensive car, shoes, degree (even from Harvard University), a bigger house and higher position at work and/or church don’t make you better than others.

If you continuously compete with others, you become bitter, but if you continuously compete with yourself, you become better. There will always be people who have better things than you. It is this unnecessary and unhealthy competition with others that results in people feeling unworthy, inferior and in a lot of debt. The genuine question you should be asking yourself every day is, “Am I growing and becoming better than the person I was yesterday?” Am I progressing and getting closer to my goals and dreams? Living happily starts with waking up with determination and going to bed with a satisfaction of having done your best.

It is time that you stop conforming to other people’s expectations of you and start performing to your own standards. To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment, said Ralph Waldo Emerson. It is so difficult to be your own person in a world where being common is the set standard. Let today be the beginning of you being humble enough to know you are not better than anybody, and wise enough to know that you are different from the rest.

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Lucky Thusi
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