By Raza Hasnain Naqvi
In our society, each of us, consciously or unconsciously is taking a ride on the comparison rollercoaster. Like it or not, we can’t help comparing one thing with another. Mind too seems to be tuned to set up comparisons as soon as our gaze rests on something.
We might like, dislike or remain neutral to that ‘something’, but immediately a comparative image floats up in our mind and stands next to that ‘something’. Drawing comparisons seems to be hardwired in the collective brain of humanity.
Naturally, where there is comparison, there is competition. ‘This is better than that’, ‘My thing is better than your thing’, ‘That process is better than this one’. These are some of the many comparative and competitive phrases that we begin to use as soon as comparison begins.
Since, this phenomenon is quite common and even considered normal, let me present to you five reasons we should compare and compete.
1. Keeps the mind aware: When you come across an apple, your mind begins to measure its look, size and outer quality. At the same time, the image of another apple comes to your mind from a previous time. That apple seems to have looked better or worse, had smaller or bigger size and had better or worse outer quality. So, now your mind is aware due to comparison that what you have in your hand is a better or bitter apple.
2. Keeps the mind alert: Once the mind begins to compare that bargain that you are getting in one shop, it also starts bringing up stored data in your mind of other bargains that it came across. These were bargains that you saw in some other shop or in some advertisement. This keeps the mind alert to the latest bargain that you are presenting to it and it starts tabulating the pros and cons.
3. Makes you sound wiser: Once you know for a fact that the benefits of a particular washing machine far outweigh those of another brand, you are on surer ground. You, as the salesman, can talk about it confidently, since your mind knows the facts of both washing machine brands, which it had compared internally. You sound wiser to the person who wants to decide which washing machine is better.
4. Gives you the edge: If you’ve come for an interview in a company, you have a better chance of getting the job, if you can compare the superior advantages of that company with its competitor. The interviewer will be forced to listen to you. Your comparison gives you the edge over other candidates.
5. You become an authority: If you are into politics and you know your political parties and their important party members and party policies, then by God, your opinion will be much sought after. After all you can compare so well about the merits and demerits of any party, its policies and even its candidates. As a result, people will compete for your attention and hear carefully what you have got to say. After all, you have become an authority haven’t you?
Parting Question: Would you like to be more comparison-oriented, rather than have the disinterested ‘whatever’ attitude, while making choices so that you can be more effective and competitive in your decision-making?
Raza likes to share snippets of his life experiences and observations through his writings. This blogpost is the Day-11 post of his 15-day trial of daily blogging. Besides his social media footprints on twitter, facebook, instagram and Google+, he can also be reached on his email: bylineraza[at]gmail[dot]com
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