4. Set goals and plan for your own success.
Setting SMART goals (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timed) is the first step on the road to success. Doing this forces you to define what is important to you and makes you responsible. Having written goals translates into a plan.
Taking action and implementing your plan means you are on the right path to success. You won’t have time to envy someone else’s success because you’ll be too busy achieving yours. Having a well thought out, clearly defined and written action plan is stimulating. It makes you feel good about yourself by increasing your self-esteem, relieving stress, and providing hope and guidance.
5. Face off
Comparing yourself to others is futile and unrealistic. They have different strengths, weaknesses and life circumstances than yours. They are constantly evolving, which means you can never really compete with them. By the time you catch up, they might have passed you again or taken a completely different direction. It is impossible to measure the true accomplishment of one goal against that of another. There are too many variables beyond your control to successfully compete against one another.
If you want results, the answer is to compete with yourself. It makes your goals achievable. Elite Olympic athletes compete to measure their success. Their place on the podium is the result of their determination to improve their own performance. The measuring stick they use is their best past performance, not that of others. This gives them a clear indication as to whether they are improving or not.