How to be a creative person and NOT compare yourself to others

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Have you ever felt like no matter what you do, your creativity and your product just doesn’t match up to others that do or make the same kinds of products or services? Well if you are like me, you’ve had this feeling several times in your creative career.

Many times I’ve been in the flow of designing a new style of my bracelets or building a new idea for my business and all of a sudden I see an ad or photo online or a picture in a magazine of someone else’s work that resembles mine. Sometimes my gut response is to compare myself to their work and to feel overshadowed by their talent. When we see other peoples work, sometimes it can create a feeling of coming up short, or lack. This is normal, but in the end it can have devastating affects on our creativity and the product that we are sharing with the world.
Although this has likely happened to all of us at one time or another, it only brings down our confidence and ends up depleting our energy. The same energy that is used to fuel what it is about you that makes you different. As the saying goes “No two artists are alike”, this is becoming a mantra for me. Each one of us has our own unique brand just by being ourselves.

The epic lesson is to acknowledge the success of others and use that as a learning tool and a springboard for your success. Thank them for showing you something unique and different and be stoked that they inspire you to dig deeper into your own uniqueness.

Here are 3 things that I try to do each time I find myself comparing myself to others.

  1. Observe my behavior – Am I jealous?
  2. Acknowledge and Be Thankful – Look for one really unique and beautiful quality about whomever you’re comparing yourself to. See their spark and honor that quality that they bring forward.
  3. Get Down to Business – Take a good look and ask yourself. What is unique about me? What makes my product or service so different that it eliminates the competition?

If this post resonates with you, I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below and tell us how you deal with comparing yourself to others.

2 Responses to "How to be a creative person and NOT compare yourself to others"
  1. Daniela D says:

    Hi Lily,
    It was refreshing to read about how you deal with comparing yourself/product/ideas to others’. I sometimes find myself so excited about an idea, but lose that excitement if I see someone else who thought of it first. I love your, ‘Get Down to Business’ thought. It shows such positive and forward thinking. I’ve taken this piece of advice and am applying it to an idea I have been trying to make a reality.
    Thanks for your inspiration!

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