"What worries me most is 'Success' has been reduced to an arbitrary tick list of Facebook updates and that’s not going to work for me"
- Lucy Sheridan
I am well aware I have the most niche job title in the world. So, why comparison?
The power couple of social media and technology has caused a comparison epidemic. We are in the thick of it right now and it has never been more widespread, acute and damaging to our individual potential.
How do I know?
I am the case study.
Not too long ago I was so crippled with self-doubt and low confidence I would find myself crying in the toilets at the job I had come to loathe.
I was plagued by comparison and it always brought friends: jealousy, insecurity, procrastination, poor choices for my health, money and relationships, self sabotage oh jeez the list goes on.
But one day, as I found myself looking at the wedding photos of another stranger on Facebook, feeling like I was worth nothing, I heard a voice inside my head almost pleading “this has to stop, Lucy. Enough is enough.” I remember dropping my iPhone - which was warm from all my scrolling - and crawling out from under my duvet under which I had been hiding fully clothed.
From that day everything changed. I decided that if I could think and feel my way into a comparison trap, then I could think and feel myself out of it. And so my journey from compare and despair to a #comparisonfree life began.
That calling saw me leave my lucrative corporative job in brand strategy and start on my path to a life lived absolutely on my terms, taking in more training, discovery and 'A-Ha' moments than I could have ever imagined along the way.