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Comparison Trap

Comparison Trap

Posted by Gabe Vaughan on 25th Mar 2018

Comparison to others and placing emphasis on what others are doing is a distraction. This type of comparison is never satisfied and it is a sign of inferiority.


When you are truly on the path for fulfilling your potential, you may be aware of others with similar objectives and aspirations, but you’re beyond the need for them to influence your values, principles, commitment, focus, and actions.

Personal Best

Depending on comparisons to drive your desire is instability that turns dreams into fairytales. No one is perfect and there is always someone who is stronger, faster, smarter than you. Measuring yourself against others is a dynamic unit of measure, a trap, a never ending race. Train to perform at your absolute best, measure yourself against yourself. Athletes, businessmen, and others, know when they have performed at the best of their ability and when they have failed to reach their potential. Winning a race against a field of less talented runners is not the same as winning a race with a personal best time. For instance, if a runner who is capable of running a 4:00 mile, races against a group of runners whose best time is a 7:00 mile, winning with a time of 6:59 is not the same a winning with a time of 4:00.


Refuse to allow others to control your destiny. Master the fundamentals through training, discipline, and honest self assessment. Measure yourself against standards of excellence. Do not measure yourself against someone else's performance.

Please Chirst

Seek to do your very best for Jesus Christ, not to please others or to make a name for yourself. When you think about what Christ did for you, by dying on a cross so that you might have eternal life, there is no one better to please. Pleasing Christ is infinitely more motivational than pleasing friends, family, or fans of a sport, business, or profession. Comparison to others and performing to please others is temporal; however, pleasing Christ is eternal.

“For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.”
2 Corinthians 10:12