Jealousy, what a pain in my butt. Bizarrely, in my marriage, I’m not a jealous person whatsoever. I put this down to the fact that I feel secure, and I know that my husband would never do anything daft that would put our family at risk. In other areas of life, however, it can be a different story.
It can be really hard not to feel envious of people that are enjoying their success, particularly when things may not be going in the direction that we want them to.
Where does the jealousy come from? It is more than likely caused by dissatisfaction in your own life, whether you recognise it or not. It’s human nature, we want more, and we want what ‘they’ have. Remember, there is no shame. Not if we use it to make ourselves better, not bitter.
For example, I don’t feel threatened when my husband can’t keep his eyes off the backside of the 20 year old that has just passed by our table in the restaurant. He can look, because I know he won’t touch. (I realise this makes him sound like a lech, but he really isn’t).
When I see others having personal successes though, I find it harder to be quite so dismissive. That little voice will start, the one that reminds me there are many career goals that I still have not achieved.
So, what to do? How do we turn jealousy into a positive emotion? Well, like anything, it is a choice.
You can choose to let it consume you, and turn you into a bitter person. Or you can celebrate the success of your peers, and utilise those feelings of envy. Jealousy can be motivational, if we let it. Look at what exactly that person is doing that you want for yourself, then go out and get it.
Maybe you can get in touch with them and ask how they did it. Will they be a mentor for you? Have they written blog posts, books, or do they offer teaching? Consume a bit of their brilliance, and use it to fuel your own success.
Make a plan, and write it down (or blog about it). Choose that friend or family member who is always in your corner, and tell them. Find your own cheerleader, and check in with them. Tell them how you’re getting on, and get them to pester you about it.
Set mini goals within the bigger goal, and celebrate when (not if) you hit them.
Work harder, work smarter, and focus on the end goal. Instead of looking at what they have that you don’t, look at what you can learn from them.
Use their success to work out what you want from life.
Now go! Get on it, and work towards your goals.*This post may contain affiliate links. Thank you for your continued support of Joyful Things!*