The army’s slogan is one of the most significant for leadership development. We will struggle in life if we constantly compare ourselves with others. Sadly, we tend to lean to the extremes.
On one hand, we compare ourselves with people below us in an attempt to feel better about ourselves. We begin to develop a bit of arrogance in thinking we are better than others.
On the other hand, we compare ourselves with people above us and our mountain of pride crumbles. We can never measure up. Our esteem is crushed and we feel as though we will never amount to anything.
Both sides are equally dangerous. Years ago, someone said it this way, “You will never fully believe in yourself if you keep comparing yourself to everyone else.”
God made us individually unique. He does not expect, nor does He want, us to be someone else. He simply asks us to follow the example left by our Savior, an example not built on comparing ourselves with others, but one built on elevating others above ourselves.
This is the foundation of the leadership slogan, “Be all you can be.”