And to measure yourself against no one but yourself. Raise your standards as often as you can, but not because someone else you chose out of the lineup of success is somehow ahead of you. — Seth Godin
This has been a mantra for most of my life, and when I deviate from this thinking, I am overcome with a slew of negative emotions — jealousy, anger, anxiety, and lack of appreciation for self. Admittedly, it is tough to live with such approach — for our modern world is programmed to let us know that we are in a race, being quantified against someone else’s idea of success.