“The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.” ~Steven Furtick
Comparing ourselves to others is hardly a novel topic. There are plenty of articles advising against it. And most of us heartily agree with such advice. However, applying it is another story. Why? Perhaps because, as Furtick points out, so many others seem to have it more together than us, seem to have easily and quickly accomplished their goals.
But the moment we look beyond the “highlight reels” we discover that not only some but virtually all admired and successful people, past and present, struggled intensely to reach the highlight stage (Beethoven, Mozart, Lincoln, Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr, Lady Gaga, Oprah Winfrey, Michael Phelps, Malala Yousafzai…the list is endless). In fact, when we finish reading their biographies, even in short form, we’re inclined to reverse our perception, and shout, “Boy, I’m glad I don’t have their life!”
Good start! Now go and be so you-ily you that one day people will celebrate your highlight reel—not despite what you’ve been through…