This 100 days of joy project started as a result of a challenge that my wife gave to my oldest daughter. She challenged her to only post positive things, like positive things, and comment positive comments on social media for 100 days. I loved the idea! I loved it so much that I decided to write positive things for 100 days myself. Each day, I will write about different aspects of having a positive mindset.
“Comparison Is The Enemy Of Joy!”
Marketers would have you believe that you can only be happy if you have the latest beauty cream, the latest technology, the latest fashion, the latest everything. Our society is quite often in hyper-consumption mode. We grasp for things that others have in order to justify that we too are happy. We look at what celebrities look like and think, “If only I looked like them, I would be loved.” We see that the infamous Jones Family got a new and bigger house, a new car, a new TV, and they are what we need to be like. What if, at least for today, you made your decisions based on the realization that YOU ARE AWESOME! What if you asked yourself…
What does an awesome person like me want? What does an awesome person like me drive?
You then look at what you are driving and what you are wearing and the way that you look and realize that you are the goal. You are incredible as yourself. I believe that people become sad when they try to compare themselves to some standard outside of themselves. When we feel that we must be externally validated, we become frustrated with the lack of validation. The simple truth is that there are too many people out there vying for approval from their friends and family and society at large. They are trying to find a way to get others to tell them that they are special.
Why wait?! You are the perfect version of you. There isn’t anyone else out there that could pull off being you the way that you do. So, raise your right hand and move it over to the left side of your body, just above your left shoulder. Now, pat yourself on the back and tell yourself, “Self, you are incredible as you. You know that you are the best version of you and nobody can pull it off with your style. You are awesome!”
You are you as you were intended to be.
The knowledge of this will set you free.
Don’t compare to anyone but you.
For this is the only way to be true.
Live your life with joy and a smile
Seeing the good in yourself all the while
Love the clothes you wear and the head under your hair
Love your wrinkles and spots and connect the dots
You were created for greatness and purpose and life
Comparing to others just causes you strife
Choose joy and happiness and state only the positive with your amazing voice
For this is your life and it has always been your choice
I wish for you only good. Don’t let comparison to others steal your joy today. Claim the good that already exists and be thankful for the life that you have. The attitude of gratitude will change your perspective. I look forward to seeing you back here tomorrow. I am excited about you taking this journey to joy with me. Invite a friend to be happy and let’s change the world with 100 days of joy!
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.