Be Thankful, Not Jealous
Guard your heart.
In my own life, two things have helped me guard my heart, but before I talk about how to guard your heart, I want to talk about why. If you can't protect your heart, you will end up settling. You won't just settle for your situation—you'll settle for habits that don't build you, people who don't love you the way you need to be loved, and dissatisfaction. You'll settle for broken dreams and learned victimhood instead of fulfilled goals and a growth mindset.
Instead of simply putting up with your life day after day, build a life you are proud of. Build a life with a set of uncompromising standards as your rulebook. The best way to keep your standards high is by protecting your heart, and in my experience, two things are truly phenomenal in that department.
The first one is simple. I want you to shield your mindset with gratitude. In my own life, I've found that prayer is an incredible vehicle for gratitude. Every morning, I pray to God and thank Him for another opportunity to live my life. I pray for my family, and I pray for the world at large. Whether or not you believe in God, gratitude is important. Meditating on the beauty around you is more important than most of us account for, and being grateful for the people around us is often the motivation we desparately need throughout our days. Let me tell you something—if your purpose is a seed, gratitude is what waters it. If your life is a flower, being thankful will foster its growth.
The second thing I want you to focus on is humility. Praise those around you, and cheer for the people putting in their all. When you have that purity in your heart, the path to greatness will be more clear than ever. Instead of being consumed by jealousy, constantly making up excuses for yourself, you'll work for what you want. You'll use the people living your dream as motivation, and instead of feeling behind, you'll feel anxious to get ahead. If someone else's goodness brings ugliness out of your heart, it's time for you to make a change. Instead of being jealous of those who have worked for their success, use them as proof that you, too, can work just as hard and attain just as much. Rather than feeling alone in your journey, use the successes of those around you as fuel to reach the top of your mountain.
It all starts with you.