When I was growing up, I was always the tallest girl in my class.
It didn’t really bother me until I was in high school. All the boys I liked were too short, I constantly felt like I stuck out and most of the cute clothes my friends wore didn’t quite fit me. I remember feeling self-conscious and comparing myself to everyone else, which wasn’t good for my school work or my self-esteem.
Then one day when I was complaining about wanting to be more petite like my friends, my mom told me something I would never forget.
‘Don’t be like everyone else. Do things differently.’
This was the shock I needed to help me stop comparing myself to others and start thinking about what I had to offer.
Ever since then, I stand a little taller when I walk into a room (and wear heels whenever I can). I embrace who I am, concentrate on what I have to offer and refuse to follow someone else’s idea of success.
We’re always going to compare ourselves to others, it’s really hard not to. But when you do, it’s important to also remember that you don’t have to follow their lead.
Do things differently; define your own goals, potential, career and success. Stop looking over the fence and complaining about things you don’t have or haven’t achieved. That’s not your concern. Do things that make sense for you and your family.
There is always going to be competition and people who you think ‘have it all.’ Don’t let THEM define YOU.
Do things differently.
How do you do things differently?