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It’s easy to say you shouldn’t compare yourself to others, but much harder to implement. However, there are a few simple steps you can take that will make it much easier to resist the temptation.

1) Stop Following Influencers
But those are the people you’re supposed to learn from, right??
More often than not I’ve found that following the biggest people in your niche will cause you more stress than anything else.

Sure they’re internet famous for a reason – they have good, compelling, useful content – but regardless of how good the content is, if with every new blog post, tweet, or video you question your own abilities, you’re better off not paying attention.

A much better way to get around this is to unfollow, or at the very least disable push notifications or emails.

When you really want to read their content, go search for it manually. This will keep you from making negative comparisons at times when you may have otherwise had some momentum going.

2) Focus on Action Rather than Vanity Metrics
The easiest way to compare others in online business is to look at basic vanity metrics. Social media followers, blog comments, income reports etc.
Not only should you stop focusing on other people’s metrics, you should stop focusing on yours as well.

If you obsess over one particular metric in your business, it doesn’t matter how successful you are, it won’t be good enough.

Set goals around action rather than results.
Don’t make a goal of earning $10k next month, because you don’t really have control over that and it becomes too easy to compare your success or failures to others.

Instead, set a goal to create that new blog funnel, launch a new product, create 3 activities if any.  Those are actions that can lead to your revenue goal, without allowing you to subconsciously compare yourself to others.

3) Consistently Remind Yourself of What You’ve Already Done
Over the last 6 years Location 180 has become a successful blog, by pretty much any account. It’s probably in the top 1% of all blogs on the internet in terms of audience and revenue.

And even with that success, I still occasionally fall victim to the comparison game.
It doesn’t matter who you are, there will always be people with a bigger audience. There will always be people making more money.

By reminding yourself of that and focusing on the successes you do have, you’ll not only be more motivated to keep going, but you’ll be happier as well.

So, What’s the Secret to Making a Long Term Living Online?
So, want to know my secret to making a living as a professional blogger, entrepreneur, or internet marketer over the long term?

Stop comparing yourself to others.  Do you. Focus on you. And remember to give yourself credit for the great things you have done.

You’re sanity will thank you.

Now I want to hear from you. Do you compare yourself to others? Why or why not?

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