I felt completely inadequate today. And the worst part is that I was feeling so excited and great about the work I’ve been doing and everything else I’ve been able to get done even though I have a crawling {almost} 6 month old to run after. I felt like I could conquer the world.

And then I got on Facebook…

It is so easy to start on that downward spiral comparing your real life to the life people choose to share on social media. Or to see someone’s success and feel defeated because you’re not there yet.

This kind of blow used to send me running and finding excuses to quit, but the other day I heard a quote, which will now become my mantra for the foreseeable future: “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

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When I first heard this quote I went, “Uhh duh!” If a new client came to me upset because she wasn’t as far along as someone I had been working with for a long time I would tell her the same thing. This wasn’t new news.

But flash forward one week, 5 minutes too long on social media, and a near meltdown when suddenly those words floated right through my mind. At the exact second I needed to hear them.

The comparison bug is about as welcome a friend as the flu… that is to say not very welcome at all, but we’ve all had it knock us out at least once.

There are not many things I can tell you I have the magic secret sauce too, but for this one issue I think I’ve got it.

Ready?

Ahem.

Repeat after me:

Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. (Say it again and again until you are ready to saddle up and get back to it.)

P.S. If no one told you this today… You’re awesome. You’re beautiful. You've totally got this!