Although I was obsessed with doing better than others for one year too many, I'm more focused on myself now. I'd like to stay this way moving forward.
I remember a time when I looked at a blogger's stats (followers, views, etc.) and felt discouraged. Defeated even. I wanted to do better than others instead of trying to improve myself.
Even before I made this blog, I strived to beat out the students in my class. For a while, I stopped being concerned with my personal goals because I concentrated so much on the success of other people. Strangers, friends, acquaintances alike.
At some point, I realized doing better than others didn't make me happy. I shouldn't have cared how everyone else did in relation to myself.
So nearly twenty years after I came into this world, I've come to a few conclusions.
I have to define success on my own terms. I won't steal someone's definition and settle with it.
I want to do better than me, myself, and I. Which is why I need to strive to beat my personal best, not the best of another blogger or student.
After all, I'm on my own unique journey. And everyone else around me is on a different one of their own. It's unfair to compare.
We're all human beings, but we aren't exactly the same. Like comparing apples to oranges. Both are fruits but apples aren't oranges. I'm not you. You are not me.
Besides, I'm happier when I focus on what I'm doing and how well I'm doing. Also, the time I spend asking a peer what they got on a test or peeking at a creator's numbers is better spent practicing my skills. I could be studying harder or blogging more to improve my abilities.
Interestingly enough, I constantly write in my journal that I can do better. One because it's true. And two because I want to. More than anything. I would love nothing more than to become a better writer and blogger. To grow as an artist.
Every day I should do something to ensure I'm moving forward rather than fall behind or stay stagnant.
Going forward, I hope I'll make a conscious effort to be better than I was yesterday.
My goal is to beat my own goals, best my personal records, not those of others.