Do you walk around unhappy, discouraged, and frustrated that you aren't where you want to be in life?
We've all been there, me included.
But where is that frustration coming from? What are you comparing it to?
Many people measure their own success based on the success of someone else they know. If you are doing that, stop immediately.
Comparing yourself to Sally Sue down the street is like comparing apples to oranges. Besides being fruit, they have nothing in common.
So you might say, "well Sally Sue started this same type of business as me and she's doing this and doing that... and well... what am I doing?"
You're self-sabotaging your success via comparison, which takes you further and further away from your purpose. That's what you're doing.
So what do you do about it?
What ends up happening many times is you become a mime and try to mimic someone else's life so you too can achieve the same results and think this is the key to finding your purpose. This is the biggest falsity you could ever tell yourself or make yourself believe. Many of you can relate. So let me tell you, before you even start going down that path of thinking, IT DOESN'T WORK.
Let me tell you why:
- For one, God specifically has a work for you to do and God specifically has a work for Sally Sue to do. The two don't mix. Don't try to jump on her calling and think it's going to work for you too. You may be able to ride that bandwagon for a little while but eventually you'll fall off.
- Everyone starts at different places. Do even know the story behind the success? That next person you're comparing yourself to may have had to work their little tush off for many years, endure many heartaches, ups and downs, gains and losses, and been to hell and back to get where they are. Your path is not their path. Your journey is not their journey.
- Success is measured in different ways. God may not have called you to be a millionaire, but just maybe you're touching and saving lives every day in what you do. Take comfort in knowing that the calling God has on your life will impact people in a major way, and money has nothing to do with it. If you follow your purpose and passion, wealth will follow. Luke 6:38 reads, "Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you." Plant good seeds. You will reap what you sow. It may not look like Sally Sue's reaping, but it will be just for YOU and it will be perfect.
So you may be asking yourself, what if my calling IS the same as someone else?
Know this: You ARE going to have the same calling as someone else. However, the way YOU are called to do it cannot be duplicated.
You are unique in your own right. No matter how hard someone tries to mimic what YOU DO, how you do it, it will never come out the same way. This is why there is no MIME in purpose or success. You can't mimic someone else's purpose over their life. You have to find yours for yourself. You have to find your own voice, your own style, your own way of doing things. You can't talk like someone else. You can't think like someone else. You can't write like someone else, sing like someone else, dance like someone else, speak like someone else. You all may be VERY good at what you do, but you each do it DIFFERENTLY. It's up to YOU to execute your gifts and talents in a way that will change the world.
It's in you.
God etched your purpose in your DNA.
DNA cannot be copied. It's unique to every individual.
So don't be discouraged by what someone else is doing or where they are in life.
Stay focused on your journey. Know that the people God have called to be touched by you are drawn specifically to the way you present your gifts and talents. Be confident in knowing that.
Now go start planting your own seeds of success so you can reap all that God has for you. Your purpose is waiting for you.
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