As business owners and entrepreneurs, we may have had a moment in our career (or in life) where we’ve compared ourselves to someone who we thought to be more successful. You might’ve questioned yourself and your capabilities. You may have wondered, “What am I doing wrong?
I have a few helpful cliches. So, without going into a whole TED talk about the ego and self sabotage, here’s a list of ways to stay in your lane:
- Don’t compare yourself to others. Your greatest competition is who you were yesterday. We don’t know what some people go through to get where they are and in that same breath, we have our own story on how far we’ve come. No path is exactly the same.
- Someone else’s victory does not mean you are a failure. This ties in with “no path is the same”. When you truly know who you are and can identify your gifts (we all have them) you will be able to respect someone else’s. Simply put, get to know you, get to know your strengths and weaknesses. There is no path better than the other; all of our paths are different. Learn to be happy for others.
- Keep your business plans to yourself. Sometimes we put unnecessary pressure on ourselves when we share our dreams and business plans with others. Some people will not be happy for us or they may project their fears onto us. All of this and more can distract us from reaching our goals. Stay focused and mind your business, trust, you will get a lot more done.
- Stay consistent. This is the key to real growth. When you make a decision to do something, do it and keep doing it. Need I say more? Carry on.
- Self Check In. It’s important to hold yourself accountable. Create weekly check ins to ensure you are doing everything you need to do in order to accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish. Reflect and refresh every week! Take stock on what works and what doesn’t. How can you improve? Repeat.
- Gratitude. The most important way to stay in your lane is to be thankful for what you have no matter where you are in your journey, you’ve made it to this point and have a chance to keep going. Be grateful for how far you’ve come and celebrate the small wins.
When we find ourselves lost or confused on this business journey, it’s extremely important to stay focused on your own lane. You are the reason this business is running, your ideas and your gifts are what brought you here — keep following that. Keep the cliches close. Sometimes, they’re exactly what you need.