It’s never pleasant to lag behind others that we consider similar. The conventional wisdom says to “stop competing with others, only with yourself.” But that’s easier said than done. With the rise of social media, it’s hard to avoid evidence of your colleagues’ accomplishments if you want to stay connected. And in fact that evidence can have benefits. A recent study shows that it can become a source of inspiration in both work and life.
So how can you harness the positive benefits of competition without suffering from the insecurity it may breed? By employing these five strategies.
Track your triggers. The stress of feeling behind your peers can emerge in many forms throughout the day.