Own your mistakes.
After all, you made them, right?
Here’s the thing–most people have it twisted. In our hyper-connected world, we are privy to the “success” of other people. At least, a cultivated image of success that they often present on social media and other myriad outlets.
It can be challenging to not feel a little bit of jealousy or envy when you see these other people having the opportunities, commodities, or lifestyle that you want for yourself. In turn, we often feel competitive with those around us, which from an objective perspective is incredibly silly.
It’s silly because we are not ever really competing with the lifestyles of others–those belong to them, and them alone. Whether they achieved that through privilege or hard work, or (most often) some combination of both, their success in no way affects our lives.
When we compare ourselves to others, we too often create excuses for ourselves as to why we don’t have the things they have. Excuses shift the ownership of the mistake away from us, and therefore outside of our control.
But it’s often our lack of discipline, impulse control, and willingness to invest in longer term processes that really are the true antagonists in our lives. Ultimately, it is our self–and those qualities that steer us away from our potential–that are our true opponents.
Take ownership of your mistakes, and then take the necessary action. It starts with regaining control.