I find it very easy to get caught up with all that I am doing. And when I begin to lose motivation and my work ethic wavers, I try to remember that I was once in a place so far from where I am now. And when I was in that place, I never imagined I would have accomplished what I have thus far. But here I am.
We need to give ourselves more credit. Acknowledging where we used to stand versus where we are currently can be an impactful source of motivation. Especially if you're still striving for more. I think constantly striving to be better in some way, shape or form is necessary and also human nature. It's basically what keeps us going.
Nobody is going to acknowledge your hard work and what you have been through in the same way that you would. It's easy to constantly compare ourselves to our peers. It's absolutely inevitable, mostly because of the way humans are wired but also because of social media. However, we cannot deny that competition fuels growth and progression.
At the time of going through a rough day, you may come home and feel like life just beat you - physically, mentally, and emotionally. But as long as you are still here, you will always beat life. Even though it may feel as if you have an extremely long way to go - we all started somewhere and each of us at very different points. You need to give yourself credit for the point at which you started. Don't downplay your progress or growth and deem it less valuable than others' because they are at a different place than you.