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When to Keep Your Imagination to Yourself

Apr 14, 2021

"Comparison is the thief of joy."

Teddy Roosevelt is credited with observing this, and science has been proving it true since 1954.

Social Comparison Theory was popularized by psychologist Leon Festinger in the 1950's.

If you've ever scrolled through your Facebook feed and lamented because everyone else seems to have it all together...

If you've ever sabotaged yourself by trying to measure up to unrealistic standards...

OR if you've ever been critical of yourself because your life doesn't quite look like what you see in all your friends' social media feeds...

... you know how disheartening "social comparison" can be!


But what if there is another way to use our imagination?

  • What if the same imagination that we use to assume "other people" have it all together can be used to create a vision for our own ultimate success?
  • What if we recognize that social media algorithms are skewed to only feed us the highlights of each other's lives, bending our perceptions of reality?
  • What if we notice the assumptions we make about others, fully aware that we are simultaneously creating our own story for others to interpret based on their beliefs and perceptions?

Our What If UP Club is a place where you don't have to apologize for good days. And you don't have to pretend on bad days. 

This is a place where we use our imaginations to see you in your greatness, to visualize you acting from strength, and to affirm whole-heartedly that the thing that you want is an inevitable part of where you are heading.

What if, at least for today, we throw away the measuring stick and simply delight in each other's journey?


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