If I could tattoo this quote onto the bodies of my students, I would. Literally. I wish I could take credit for it, but its genius is from Theodore Roosevelt.
Imagine a world that is fueled by the celebration of your differentness, versus a belief that being unique separates, diminishes, and/or threatens you? It is striking to witness this obsession with comparison and feeling less than or unworthy on college campuses. It is everywhere, and it poisons the well of your soul and paralyzes you from truly showing up in this world. Cultivating your gifts and curiosities is a heckuva lot more productive and courageous than shrinking back and hiding because you are fearful of the unknown and rejection.
Instead of playing the comparison game, why not channel your energies to what and who you are, and what and who you want to be? If you are in class with someone that is ridiculously smart, why not acknowledge it and take some pointers from them? Study with them. Analyze their note taking prowess. Ask them questions. Be curious! Learn. If you are around happy and healthy people, take notice of what they are thinking and doing to create this in their lives and implement these life-giving thoughts and behaviors into yours. How can you best take care of yourself today, and how can you best show up in this life today? Stop comparing—instead, acknowledge what it is that is drawing you in and speaking to you—and get to work on weaving those things into your own being and life! It all comes down to what you want, and what you are willing to do to realize this in your world. Your life circumstances are out of your control, but how you choose to think about them and how you choose to behave as a result determines your outcome. Nothing is off the table.
"With envy out of the way, you'll have more space for your own greatness to emerge." ~ Danielle LaPorte
Big love. xo