On Comparison

Comparison kills creativity. Transmuting, or taking energy in one form (in this case, the negative energy of comparison), and changing it into a more meaningful energy, is a key to working through these thoughts that have the power to paralyze you into inertia. Instead of dropping into the negative spiral of energy you normally use to compare yourself, your writing, your process, your publications, or your life to others, stop it in the moment with a deep, intentional breath and realize that no one–alive or dead–sees the world through your lens, and therefore no one else can interpret the world and your journey the way you do in your creative work. Your creative perspective matters. To that end, focus your energy not on comparison but in telling your story in such a way to make your perspective unique, expressive, clear, meaningful, and above all, yours.

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