Easy Ways to Overcome Jealousy

Jealousy is a wasted emotion. It is a form of bitterness that you only bring upon yourself.

Proverbs 14:30 – A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.

When do you feel most jealous?
When you receive a grade lower than your classmates? When you see your significant other talking to another woman/man? When you see your sibling getting more attention from your parents? When your friends do something without you? When someone’s work outshines yours? Or do you envy people’s possessions and looks?
I know that for me personally, Jealousy strikes when I feel like I do not live up to others around me. When I need validation of any sort of talents that I may posses.  When I compare myself to others success and their gifts. It is most toxic, not when you use this envy to better yourself, but to tell yourself that you cannot do whatever it is that you try to do.
This is damaging to your self-esteem and to your mind-set.
In this world that we live, with fame and success being so prominent, it is hard not to feel such emotions. Not to be overcome with a desire to be just as noticed as everyone else.
Here are some ways that I found to rid myself of this toxic feeling:
  1. Identify the cause of your jealousy. And be honest with yourself. It will do you no good if you cannot honestly see what drives the envy in your heart.
  2. Change your mind-set –  If you have passion and the drive, jealousy should not be the thing that holds you back. If everyone were talented at the same things then, how utterly boring. It’s all about how you let yourself think about you after it is all said and done. How you think about your failures and your success will show. Think positive about yourself, about others, and about the world around you. It may sound cliché, but for a good reason.
  3. Keep God present in your life – This is everything! The more of God that you have in your life, the less that we feel the need to compare ourselves or to feel jealous of relationships or possessions.
  4. Stop worrying about you all the time – Find a way to be a blessing for others. If you can think of nothing but yourself and what you may or may not be good at, then switch your perspective. Focus on others and their needs, wants, and happiness. Volunteer in whichever area interests you more. Serve at church. Help friends and family that may be in need of comfort.

I hope someone can take comfort in this post. As always, thank you for reading. Share this around to those who might need it and leave your feedback down below.If there is something that you wish to read, please let me know.

God Bless.

7.25.15

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