People are competitive. There’s no changing that. Those struggling to build a small business feel the competition intensely. Even those that try hard not to care how others perceive them fall into the comparison trap now and then.
Simply put, comparing yourself to others won’t help you be a better businessperson. It’s okay to learn from others, but it won’t help to become jealous, suspicious, or a copycat. Even more so, don’t be tempted to steal others’ ideas, products, or clients.
Don’t Become Suspicious
Entrepreneurs are sometimes tempted to become suspicious of others. First, question others’ motives. Then, they read too much into Facebook posts, tweets, and other comments. They suspect a competitor is stealing their clients. Finally, they blame others for their misfortune.
It will get you nowhere to live in presumption and suspicion. Instead of suspecting others, look for the best in them. Cheerlead them on and applaud them. There are enough clients in the world for you. Focus on that truth.
If you said yes to several of these questions, it may be time to do some weeding out of unhelpful attitudes. Pull out the weeds of suspicion and jealousy. Stop tearing others down or blaming them.
Decide to set new rules about how you’re going to do life and implement your rules. Be willing to congratulate others. Make a project out of it. Look for reasons to applaud others over the next month or two. Do it in person, on Facebook, by email, and so on. Be as supportive as your time allows.
To be able to congratulate others will mean putting a stop to comparing yourself. Decide you are unique and just be you. Focus on what you do best and let your business thrive.