Do you find yourself finally deciding what it is you want to share with the world and then, just as you are about to muster up the courage to step out into the arena, self-doubt begins to rear its ugly head?

Do you start looking around and comparing yourself, your background and your experience with others in your field and decide that you just don’t quite measure up?

Then you find yourself sinking back into what feels safe and familiar and end up ditching that brilliant idea of yours because you feel that your background and experience just doesn’t add up?

The consequences of comparison

We’re all guilty at some time or another of comparing ourselves to others who are more accomplished than we are, of using their success as a measuring stick.

I think it boils down to the fact that, deep down, we’re all a bit insecure about our own worth and so we look around us for a frame of reference to assess how well we’re doing.

While this can be helpful in motivating us to stretch and improve ourselves, it often leaves us feeling like we’re just not good enough.

Avoid the pitfalls of comparison

If we are ever to experience the sweet taste of success we must stop engaging in such futile acts of self-sabotage.

Accept that everyone is at a different stage in their entrepreneurial journey.

Some are starting out.

Some are on the road.

Some are reaching their destination.

As long as you have the experience or the knowledge with what you are trying to do or teach, you are at least one step ahead of your prospective customers, and you have a solution to their problem, you’re good to go.

Once you’ve done the groundwork, step out.

Be brave!