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5 Tips To Stop Falling Into The Comparison Trap

We've all been there as instructors falling into the trap of comparing ourselves to the instructor with more class attendance or seemingly effortless teaching abilities. It is natural to compare ourselves to anyone doing something similar. What isn't ok is letting that feeling turn into jealousy and feelings of not being enough. I want to help you STOP that thought process and focus on building your confidence. I have just the tips to get you started.

1) Break The Habit

Stop comparing someone's "outside" to your "inside". Focus on your strengths.

It is easy to get caught up in the fitness world of comparing ourselves to other instructors. Focus on what you have to offer, what makes you unique, and what sets you apart.

2) Focus On Personal Growth

Education creates personal growth, personal growth leads to CONFIDENCE!

Fine-tune your teaching skills by trying a new class, taking a training, listen to a podcast. There are so many opportunities for personal growth that don't have to take a lot of time.

3) Limit Your Social Media

If social media tends to make you feel like you're not enough, it's time to take a break. Social media can be an awesome tool for promoting our classes, but it can also create unrealistic standards we think we need to hold ourselves to. Hit the reset button, and take a step back from content that doesn't serve you. It will be there when you come back, or maybe you find out you don't even miss it.

4) Turn Comparison Into Inspiration

Feeling down because Jenny's class has more attendees than yours? STOP those kinds of thoughts, and instead ask yourself if there is something you could be learning from her. OPEN YOURSELF UP TO BEING INSPIRED. Going to another instructor's class is a learning opportunity!

Maybe she gives out free pre-workout samples before class,😃 OR maybe you see how she talks to every single member as they walk in the door, and you want to try it in your next class. Thank Jenny for the class and let her know you were inspired by her. Jealousy feelings -Gone!

5) Gratitude

Commit yourself to gratitude. The more we practice gratitude, the harder it is to hang on to feelings of jealousy, and the easier it is to be genuinely happy for another's success. Be grateful for the opportunities that you have, even if they don't work out. When you have the confidence to cheer on someone else's wins, you will inspire those around you to do the same.

~Tamra S

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