It is not as if making a success of online marketing isn’t tough enough to start with.
Why then do I, and I suspect many, many others, give ourselves such a tough time?
We wouldn’t be like that with those close to us would we?
Comparing myself to other marketers doesn’t help. It just gives a boost to the self doubt I already have deep down.
Constantly doing this can only be detrimental to my present and future successes. I may not be at the same experience level of those I am comparing myself to and another person’s success may not be the magical transformation I perceive it to be.
Self doubt can arise from the comparisons I make between myself and the guys I receive emails from dripping with success and talk of the kind of lifestyle I aspire too. Some just seem to have the Midas touch with whatever project they talk about – but I have no idea as to what they went through before the huge successes.
Those entrepreneurs who are successful have likely spent an enormous amount of time, money and effort on their ventures. It may look easy, but chances are they had many self doubts about their own potential for success before it happened.
I am in no way unique in feeling like this. Comparison to others and the self doubt that follows goes on in every business – but it seems to be more prevalent in Internet marketing because you’re always putting yourself out there, presenting yourself and your ideas to others.
Here are some thoughts I have picked up which I mean to develop into my own mindset to help me move forward.
If the many failures that are sure to happen were figured into the mix, another person’s success may look entirely different to mine. Huge and consistent successes of others can make you feel like such a loser – because someone is always making more money than you or seems to be successful with every launch of a product.
Comparisons like that are dangerous to your own self confidence and can defeat what you’re trying to accomplish. You may not be aware of their many failures in the past or of how many hours and dollars they’ve spent getting to this point.
One way to look at comparisons differently is to view them as challenges. “If she can do it, I know I can!” may be exactly the boost of adrenalin you need to take action and make your own success come true.
Many people who have reached a certain level of success use comparisons to others as a tool to strategize their future business moves. It provides quick insight to trends and what’s working for others so you can incorporate many of the same ideas for yourself.
Competition is fierce among many types of businesses – especially Internet marketing. Looking into strategies of other marketers can be a good thing if you use them as models rather than comparing yourself to them in a negative way.
Self doubt can become the nemesis of your future. Guard against comparing yourself to others in a negative light and focus on your present and future goals to lead you to the success you desire.
I hope you find these thoughts useful, if you find yourself struggling yourself in the big, scary world of internet marketing.
Until the next time,
All the best,