There are times when we get caught up in the comparison complex.
You know, that moment when it seems like things aren’t happening for you, or when you feel like you’re making no headway despite how much effort you’re putting in.
That in and of itself can be draining and have you feeling discouraged. There are many feelings in this world that can have us feeling down, and discouragement is definitely one of them. When we become discouraged, we often suppress our feelings, and that discouragement can easily turn into bitterness and anger. And, no matter where we direct these emotions, they always seem to come back to us and leave us feeling even worse.
How does one avoid this?
I’m glad you asked. Great question by the way!
“Be faithful with a few things, and I will put you in charge of many things.”
– MT 25:23
Before good things can come into your life, you must first be grateful for all that you already have. Literally, take a moment, and look at what you have. Whether you’re starting a business or trying to expand in an area or pursuing a dream, whatever aspiration that you have, you must first appreciate where you’re currently at in your journey.
Once you acknowledge where you are, don’t look at the huge mountain in front of you. Think about what the first few steps up the mountain will look like and be courageous enough to take them. Break down that mountain and start climbing it one step at a time.
Trying to start a podcast? You don’t need a mic to start. Get some headphones, find a quiet space, and start speaking into your phone as if thousands are listening.
Trying to write a book?– Start with writing a page a day. Just one. If you’re having a hard time committing to one page, write half a page. If that’s tough as well, commit to writing two or three times a week. Be consistent and watch how much it adds up over time.
Trying to start a business?– Find something you’re truly passionate about. I’m not talking about those fake passions where you do it when you feel like it. I’m talking about that passion that represents your gift, that gift you do effortlessly without even thinking about it. Figure out what that gift is for you, develop a plan around it, and then figure out how you can turn it into a business.
I could go on and on, but here’s my point:
Before anything can grow, you have to water the soil that’s in front of you. You have to keep your ears open, your eyes locked in, and your head up so you can see where you’re going.
In due time, because you have been faithful with growing what you have, the Good Lord will elevate you to the level you’ve always dreamed of.
You got this.