Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Plate

Don't Compare Yourself to OthersThis is just plain good advice.  While the inspiration for this article came from a piece I read about athletic training, the principles behind it are relevant for anyone who wants to have peak performance in their business and life in general.   That means you!

Do you find that you spend a lot of time watching, thinking about, or worrying about what someone else is doing?  Such as:

  • Scoping out the “competition”?
  • Watching your colleagues and big name mentors’ every move?
  • Reading yet another how-to, self-help, or advice laden book hoping to find the answers?

If so, it’s time you dropped all that.  Nix the misperception that somehow someone else has all the answers for you.  Stop the distractions that keep you focused on everything and everyone else but yourself and what is right in front of you.

They don’t.  In fact they too may be lurking and trying to avoid facing their own fears and sense of inadequacy by eating off of someone else’s plate as well.

So why does this matter?

What someone else is doing or not doing has no relevance to your life or your goals.

You are unique. Your definition of success is unique. You can’t get there by copying someone else. You can only get there by being authentic and following your own intuitive guidance system.

This doesn’t mean that someone else can’t support you. I do that for my clients all the time. I have people on my own team that do that for me.  The key difference is that I believe in being a catalyst for others, not a savior.  I expect those that support me to bring out the best in me, collaborate with me, not do it for me. [Read more…]

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