Be your own bench­mark

Know your ca­pa­bil­i­ties, set your tar­gets and don’t get bogged down by ex­pec­ta­tions

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - HT Education - - Front Page - Samir Parikh

In to­day’s com­pet­i­tive world, we mea­sure our success and fail­ure not by our own ac­com­plish­ments but by whether we were able to ‘beat’ the oth­ers. In this kind of en­vi­ron­ment, you might be dis­ap­pointed at times. Af­ter all, no mat­ter how suc­cess­ful you are, some­one, some­where along the way will al­ways be more suc­cess­ful than you.

Con­stantly com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers can lead to dis­tress and dis­con­tent, a sense of in­fe­ri­or­ity. With this kind of mind­set, your self-con­fi­dence is bound to plum­met. The key to be­ing both happy and suc­cess­ful, then, is to know your ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pri­or­i­ties, set your tar­gets, strive for the best and not get bogged down by un­nec­es­sary and un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions and com­par­isons.

your yard­stick: No one else’s but your own per­for­mance is in your hands. Set your tar­gets re­gard­less of what oth­ers are do­ing. Re­mem­ber, you are your own great­est com­pe­ti­tion.

a prob­lem solv­ing ap­proach: If you find that you aren’t able to suc­ceed as oth­ers around you, don’t brood over it. Rather, eval­u­ate the sit­u­a­tion, iden­tify the prob­lem, and take the nec­es­sary steps to work on it.

com­pare your­self: Re­mem­ber that you have your own skill set, just like your col­leagues have theirs. Ev­ery­one has their own share of strengths and weak­nesses. Rather than com­par­ing your­self to oth­ers, iden­tify your qual­i­ties and strive to reach your fullest po­ten­tial.

in that ex­tra ef­fort: Let your col­league's success be a re­minder that maybe you aren't putting in as much ef­fort as you should be. Use oth­ers' success to mo­ti­vate your­self to do bet­ter.

from your col­league: Rather than com­pet­ing with your col­league, take the op­por­tu­nity to learn from your col­league and im­prove your own per­for­mance in the fu­ture.

be too hard on your­self: It’s only nat­u­ral for all of us to fal­ter some­where along the way. Rather than putting your­self down, ac­cept your mis­take, learn from it, and make sure you don't re­peat it.

team­work is the key: In to­day’s day and age, none of us can do well if we're alone and iso­lated. Be a team player and cel­e­brate your col­league's success just as you would your own.


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