Hope you’re off to a good start to the new year.
Our topic today is a bit sensitive, and I think it’s important to talk about this elephant in the room.
Let’s dive right into our Story, Highlight, and call to Action for the week 🙂
Have you ever caught yourself constantly comparing your achievements to others? I certainly have.
A few years ago, I admired this male speaker friend whose videos went viral with millions of views on Facebook.
I messaged him and congratulated him. I also asked if he could give me some tips, and he did.
So, I set a meeting with my video editor, and we planned some video content to post on Facebook.
We spent the next few months focusing on creating and posting videos that would go viral on Facebook.
Our videos didn’t go viral, and I felt frustrated.
As I was reflecting, it dawned on me,
“Wait a minute. What am I doing? Where am I focusing my energy?
This is not even a priority in my business.”
As you see, I fell into the comparison trap and I lost sight of my purpose and goals.
This was just one of the many instances when I compared myself with others. Back then, I felt overshadowed by others’ intelligence, sociability, wealth, success, and creativity.
Thank God for the growth and self-love I’ve embraced.
As I’ve gotten to know myself better, I’ve learned to celebrate my unique strengths, accept my weaknesses, and fully embrace all aspects of who I am.
I’ve realized that with so many exciting things I want to create and so many individuals and organizations to serve, I simply don’t have the luxury of time and energy to compare myself with other people.
I don’t even have time for K-Dramas these days. Hehe!
Yes, there are moments when old habits resurface. In those times, I wish the person I’m comparing myself with well.
“Self-love is a powerful antidote to overcome the habit of comparing yourself with other people.”
Call to ACTION
Self-love is a crucial, yet often overlooked skill in life and at work.
As leaders, we can’t lead others if we don’t know how to love and lead ourselves first.
As parents, self-love is not selfish. It’s necessary.
As entrepreneurs, self-love is essential for resilience and innovation, driving us to embrace risks and recover from setbacks confidently.
As sales professionals, self-love underpins confidence and authenticity, key traits for building trust and meaningful relationships with clients.
This 2024, may we grow in healthily loving ourselves so we can love and lead others better. 🙂
How can you love yourself more this 2024?
- Have enough sleep
- Drink enough water
- Fast from social media
- Go for confession (if you’re a Catholic)
- Forgive yourself and others
- Read a good book
What would you like to add to the list?
I wish you fearless possibilities! 🙂
Keynote Speaker l Author l Adjunct Faculty, Asian Institute of Management
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Sha Nacino is a motivational speaker, TEDx speaker, author, and adjunct faculty at the Asian Institute of Management. For speaking invitations, visit shanacino.com or email us at email@example.com