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Be Fair to Yourself

When you think about the people around you that you respect and admire have you ever asked yourself what it is about them that makes you feel that way? Chances are that it’s a combination of their attitude and their accomplishments.

We all have a tendency to compare ourselves to the people around us, I know that I do. The problem is that we evaluate others based on what they did and we evaluate ourselves by what we wanted to do but haven’t done yet. We don’t judge another person by what is on their to do list, why should we judge ourselves that way?

This article is about being fair to yourself. You may have heard the expression, “We see others by their actions and ourselves by our intentions”, but have you ever really thought about it? Is it really fair to expect yourself to be perfect and to get everything done that is on your mind every day? I don’t think so.

Accept the fact that you are doing the best you can at the present moment. This is not an excuse for being lazy. I think we all owe it to ourselves to be as productive as possible every day, but also to learn how to feel good about what we were able to accomplish and not stress over what we have left to do. Understand that you will get to everything that’s important in its proper time.

When I start to judge myself by what I wanted to do and not by what I did I remember the expression, “Progress not Perfection.” Why beat yourself up about what you haven’t done yet? If you know that you will do it then feel good about scheduling the time. If you can’t get to it because of other obligations then understand that you can only do so much in a given day.

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