Trying to be…

As I take my 15th sip of coffee this morning I realize that I’m not happy with how I write. I want to write ideas like Seth Godin. I want to write like Johnny B. Truant. I want a readership like Chris Guillebeau.

Sigh.

As I try to get everything in my brain out I want it to be inspiring, enlightening and entertaining. That’s a lot of ing’s.

I’ve been upset that I don’t write as well as a few great writers that I truly love to read.

How can I compare myself to greatness? It’s not fair.

There is nothing wrong with finding inspiration from great people, but wanting to be like them is a fool’s wish. Don’t try to write, think or act like others because you’ll always be a little short of your goal. Don’t let the jealousy game tear down your confidence.

Look at what you do well and be more of this. Enjoy how you use these superskills and measure your success against yourself. If you started a blog this year and are finding ways to connect with your audience then good for you. Keep going. The only way to be truly happy with your work and your career is finding ways to be more you.

Every time the jealousy bug starts to bite you, acknowledge these thoughts and very quickly let them go by putting your focus back on you. Look at what you’ve done well and how you can dig just a little deeper to get better results.

Have you let jealous thoughts bring down your confidence?

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