My apartment has an incredible view of the Space Needle here in Seattle. Someday’s I’ll catch myself gazing outside watching the rain clouds envelop the weird structure. The view from my apartment is nothing like the view from the Needle though.
If I’m honest, the view from the Space Needle is ok. It’s a 360 view of the Puget Sound, and while this can be breathtaking in of itself, it’s not the best view of the city. Sure this view was excellent in 1962 when it was first built, back when it was the tallest building on the West Coast.
If you want to see a great view of Seattle you need to head over to the Columbia Tower. That’s the tallest building in Seattle, now. It dwarfs the Needle and all the remaining buildings around it. The Columbia Tower isn’t that special of a building though. Sure it has a great view of Seattle, but when it’s compared to the tallest buildings in the world, it’s not that impressive. It doesn’t even make it to the world’s tallest list; it’s the 4th tallest building on the West Coast if that tells you anything.
The tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai.
I’m sure by the time you’re reading this, it will be another building in some other city.
It’s easy to scoff at the Space Needle’s height of 933 ft when compared to the 2,717 ft Burj Khalifa. They aren’t even in the same league as each other.
However, I bet you won’t scoff at the Space Needle when you’re standing below it looking up towards the heavens. In fact, I’m sure you’ll gaze at the curves of the base or the seamless glass floor and be pretty impressed.
There will always be someone better than you.
You will always be better than someone else.
It’s easy to scoff at someone’s accomplishments from a distance and think how you can do better at their job or business. However, when you get up close and personal and see the details of their hustle, know the amount of time they put in, their strengths, weaknesses, sweat, blood, and tears that’s when you realize maybe you couldn’t do a better job at their job. Comparison at a glance is a dangerous thing.
Comparison is a thief of joy and curator of cynicism.
Comparison get’s you nowhere in a world of competition.
When you stop comparing on what you have and don’t have and know what type of building you are, that’s when you can become icon instead of another building.
An icon isn’t worried where it fits on the comparison chart; its only concern is if it’s serving its audience well
Be an icon.
Not just another building that takes up space.
What Does Scripture Say About Comparison?
“But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.” Romans 12:2
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4
“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.” Matthew 7:2
When we compare ourselves to others, I think we are trying to fix the flaws we see in ourselves. We see how someone else is doing something that resonates with our soul and we want so desperately to have that in our own lives. So we set out on our own to heal ourselves to fix our problems, when in fact Jesus has his arms outstretched saying “That’s my job.”
Healing requires someone outside of yourself to help. Comparison robs us of that and inserts a lie that we are all we need to get through our problems. Don’t believe that lie.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to others. Whether you’re new at your hustle or you’ve been around the block a time or two all of us deal with comparison in some fashion or another. You may find it difficult not to look around and feel like you’re behind everyone else. The reality is if we don’t get lost in the comparison trap, we will have more energy to focus on what truly matters. Here are three ways on how to avoid the comparison trap.
Focus on what you do well.
Comparison is a thief of all things but especially time. We should all be focusing on your craft and forming partners along the way instead of trying to overthrow our competition. Your hustle needs more of your energy than your competition does.
Don’t be afraid to “Unsubscribe.”
Watching people online through social media and e-mail doesn’t allow us to see the whole picture. We only see what they want us to see. There is a fine line between being inspired by someone and coveting someone. Don’t be afraid to hit that unsubscribe button when you feel yourself falling into that comparison trap. If something or someone is stealing your joy, let it go.
Compliments over Comparison
Genuinely complimenting someone else keeps us from complaining. If we allow complaints to come out of our lips, we’re opening the door to becoming cynical and critical of everyone around us. Speak life, not death.
Today, may you realize that God made you. You may not be the best or the worst, but you are who God created you. Don’t be another building that just takes up space. Be an icon and serve well.