As a freelance hair and makeup professional, it’s easy to get caught up in comparing yourself to others. We fall into the trap of being jealous of someone else’s success. This doesn’t make us bad people, but it’s a surefire way to make yourself feel miserable. And it won’t help you reach your business goals.
If you want to increase your bookings, stop wasting your energy comparing yourself to other hair and makeup professionals. Instead, focus on your biggest competition: yourself.
The minute you take your eyes of your business goals, you start to lose sight of why you started your own business in the first place.
So let’s talk self-improvement!
Why you shouldn’t compare yourself to others
Let’s say you’re following Lisa, a talented hair and makeup artist who works with celebrities, has a huge amount of followers on Instagram, makes thousands of dollars each month, and, on top of that, is funny and beautiful.
Of course, Lisa’s career seems amazing. And there’s nothing wrong with wanting to be as talented a hair and makeup artist as Lisa is. However, there’s a difference between striving to be a better professional and wanting to become better than someone else.
With the former, you are your own competition. And as long as you’re working on improving yourself, you’ll always be on the right track. But if you’re using Lisa as your goalpost, you’ll just constantly feel bad if you’re not up to her level.
Focus on your strengths and weaknesses
As talented as Lisa may be, there are probably things you’re better at than she is. Maybe, you’re amazing at using specialty makeup to create looks for dramatic effects, or maybe you’re also good at editing videos.
Knowing your strengths is essential, and knowing how to use them is even more important. For instance, you could your specialty makeup skills to stand out in the industry and start focussing your marketing efforts on stage and theatre. And your video-editing skills really give you a head start to a career in beauty vlogging.
On the other hand, there are probably also skills that need a bit of improvement. Write down all of your weaknesses, so you’ll know what areas you need to improve. This way, you can stop comparing yourself to other professionals, and start focussing on you.
If you’re having trouble coming up with your strengths and weaknesses, ask your friends or family what they think.
Breaking the habit
Know you know your personal pros and cons. This means you can start making step by step improvements over time. However, it doesn’t mean that now you won’t ever compare yourself to others anymore. This’ll still happen from time to time.
So to avoid becoming frustrated with the process, simply make a note of it whenever you find yourself making comparisons with someone else. Tell yourself these thoughts aren’t helpful, then get on with your day. Just the act of acknowledgment can be enough to, over time, help you break out of the habit.
Ultimately, the key to avoiding comparing yourself with others is to make small, step-by-step-improvements constantly. Set small goals for yourself at the beginning of each day, and keep track of your progress. Over time, this new and improved behaviour will turn into a habit. The knock-on effect is that, eventually, you won’t feel the need to compare yourself to others anymore.
But before you get there, make sure to celebrate each success you make, however small. You deserve to feel good about it!
Want to keep track of your online bookings? With the Stylemee Pro app, you can keep a close eye on your client bookings and your monthly earnings. That way, when you set goals for yourself, you can track your progress. The Stylemee Pro app is available for iOS and Android.
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