A friend of mine mentioned that he has a key phrase that he keeps as his 'mantra' each year. That helps him keep focused on his goals and aspirations for the year.
I kind of like this idea, so I've adopted it as my own. My mantra for this year is "don't worry about the other guy."
This means: don't worry about somebody else's salary, don't worry about their hours or their workload. Don't worry if somebody else gets an agent or a better publishing contract.
I can only affect ME -- I can't affect all those 'other guys'. So why worry about them? Focus on what I need to do to make ME happy, make ME successful (however I define that). The other guy? Who cares? He's running his own race. I'm running MY race.
We'll see if I can stick to it. I'm printing it out and putting it on my monitor.
"Don't worry about the other guy"