Comparing Self to Others

An Accelerator for Your Aha! Life


“Comparison is the thief of joy.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt

We all compare ourselves to others, and it’s not inherently bad. There are positive effects that come from comparing ourselves to others, like:

  • We get to know ourselves better
  • We understand others better and develop empathy
  • We become inspired by others, which fuels our aspirations

But the reality is that often when people compare themselves to others, the outcomes are not positive. Instead of feeling good about themselves, they feel:

  • Not smart enough
  • Not attractive enough
  • Not successful enough
  • Not enough

In the Comparing Self to Others: How to Safeguard Your Self-Esteem Accelerator, you will identify who you’re comparing yourself to, why, the feeling associated with the comparison, and actions you can take that will leave your self-esteem intact.

Comparing Self to Others

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We want to compare ourselves to others to know ourselves, not to judge ourselves poorly. When we know ourselves, and we embrace our intrinsic worth, we have no need to compare ourselves or compete with others. The first step is awareness. In the Comparing Self to Others Accelerator, you will give an honest assessment of your social comparison. 

  1. Complete the who, what, why, and how questions
  2. Identify one action you can take to safeguard your self-esteem
  3. Complete the worksheet and reference it every time you notice you are making an upward or downward social comparison.

If you have any questions about this Accelerator or would like to share an Aha! you can email me at I’d love to hear from you.



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