All the Hellos to You!
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Comparison is the thief of joy” by now. That’s true in the broad sense but I believe there are actually different types of comparison and whether or not it’s unhelpful depends on your intentions and method of comparing your work with others.
A Double Edged Sword
Let’s kick the useless comparison out of the way. This is the one that says “I could never do that,” or some variation on that tired theme. This IS the comparison that steals all the creative joy out of your life. It has no positive intention and the language is both negative and vague. Sadly, this type of comparison is often reflexive and automatic so we hardly notice when it starts playing those old messages. Many creative people get stuck in this type of comparison.
But, there’s another type of comparison that’s helpful and even joyful. It says “My page doesn’t look like that, what can I do to move toward that?” Completely different type of comparing! This version is specific in what is being compared (a page not you, the person) and asks for action (what can I do) to move toward a goal. It’s helpful because the motion is toward more creative expression. It’s joyful because it recognizes the good in others work and holds the promise of creating good in your own. This type of comparison isn’t as common because it asks for more careful thought and inspection but it’s so worth it!
When you hear that old useless version talking, just shush it and turn the question around to the joyful version and see how much better that works!