Updated: Apr 28, 2021
Sometimes I get jealous when I see other competitors get certain clients. I start to compare our portfolios, and I get all worked up because I feel they have better clients than me.
The same also happens to me with money and material possessions. I’m happy for my friends that succeed in business, but deep down, I’m jealous they have great offices and more revenue coming into their companies than mine.
We Entrepreneurs all do this. We see our friends on Instagram traveling to Disney, and we get the itch to book a vacation. We notice someone opening a new location and we get down on ourselves for not having launched that new growth opportunity that keeps haunting us.
We Entrepreneurs compare, and it robs us of our contentment. When we’re not content, we’re not able to think in the abundance that God has for us. Inadvertently, we block money from channeling to us.
If we don’t get this contentment issue under control, it will be hard to manage any money. We’ll want to buy more things and make bone-headed decisions all in the name of keeping up with the Jones’s.
The first thing we must do is stop comparing ourselves to other entrepreneurs and become content where God has us today. This mindset shift will take a lot of time and practice.
But don’t take my word for it. The Bible is clear when it says:
“You shall not covet … anything that belongs to your neighbor” (Exodus 20:17)
God cares so much about changing our “comparison” mindset that He made it the 10th commandment – right alongside not murdering or stealing!
Why? Because wanting someone else’s blessings is telling God that what He’s doing for you isn’t good enough and that you’re not willing to manage and grow what’s already yours. So, do you think God’s going to give you more to manage with that attitude in your mind?
You’ve got to stop comparing your business to someone else’s if you’re going to learn full contentment and receive the next level of release that God has in store for you!
So, how can we stop comparing?
The answer is to start admiring. Yes, do the opposite. Why? Because it’s not like you can isolate yourself from the world so that you don’t see other things. You can’t disown your friend that’s succeeding. You can’t stop looking at Instagram or visiting your friend’s new office or house. Instead, you must learn the art of Authentically admiring what they have, and not need to acquire it yourself.
God is blessing your friends and competition. God is doing something great in their lives, and you must learn even to thank God on their behalf – especially if they don’t know Christ. What an opportunity to turn to your friend and say “God is good. He’s blessing you tremendously. Praise God.” You’re there to admin what God’s done for them and give the credit to God. Be authentically happy for other business owners with they prosper without any feelings of jealousy or envy!
Imagine that you can ENJOY what others have without having to own it yourself. Imagine that one day that same thing that used to make you jealous and mad is now making you proud and glad for your fellow entrepreneurs.
The Bible says:
“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else” (Ecclesiastes 6:9b GNT).
Let’s be clear though – it’s OK to desire something. Desires come from God. It’s when the desire is uncontrolled that it becomes coveting. If the desire is bringing up feelings of jealousy or envy, that’s a red flag that you’re coveting.
Desiring is the positive antithesis to coveting. It’s controlled, it’s methodical, and it’s spiritual. We can’t do anything unless we desire it, so desiring is a great thing!
But when we’re in the bad habit of comparing ourselves to other entrepreneurs, it stops becoming desiring, and it starts becoming covetousness.
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