Never Fail to Excel. This is one of my sayings that I use from time to time to remind myself that I should always put my best foot forward, no matter what someone else may say. What does this have to do with social media? A lot. Social media life seems like it’s always about the numbers. Who performed the best? Who got the most likes? Who had the coolest photos?

I find that on social media, it is really easy to judge yourself against the work of others. Someone may have a larger following, prettier graphics, or better engagement on their social media accounts than you do. Someone may have made more sales than you or she achieved something that you wanted to achieve. And that’s okay.

There are a lot of wonderful, creative, business savvy people out there using social media. There are tons of social media pros I look to for inspiration. I respect them. I admire them. Many of them are my friends. But I do not feel like I am in competition with them. Their success is no reason for me to get a complex about it that could cause me to fail to excel.

Regardless of one’s chosen field, there’s often someone out there we use as a measuring stick. I don’t envy what they have, nor do I begrudge their success. Instead, I celebrate them and their success. I would rather study and work harder to become closer to their excellence. I use their success as a guide for my study.

I have always believed that you want to surround yourself with those with greater skill. Doing so means that you will pick up tips and tricks to improve your own business. Look to professionals to give you pointers, implement the ones that make sense for you, while keeping your own flair. You are an original.

Having an attitude of gratitude is very helpful. Be grateful that you are improving. Embrace abundance. Part of the idea behind never failing to excel is that there is room for all of us to succeed. When you wrap yourself in an abundance mentality, you won’t want to compare yourself to others as often. You may find that it’s easier to see other’s success as an inspiration rather than a competitor.

But that’s not always easy. From time to time, it’s easy to get down on ourselves about a post not performing as well as we had hoped. It happens to all of us. It’s particularly hard when you see your friend or colleague skyrocketing. It’s not something to beat yourself up about. Stand up. Brush yourself off, and try again. Keep going. Never fail to excel. As Einstein said, “you never fail until you stop trying.”

You may also experience some push back from those around you when you begin to make noticeable improvements. This is awesome. Keep going. It means you are doing something right! Don’t let their fear of success hold you back. Some people will want you to succeed– embrace them. Others may feel threatened by your success. That’s unfortunate, but you need to let go of that negativity in your life. Anyone who expects you to fail to excel because they are uncomfortable with your growth isn’t your friend. In fact, this means you’re doing something right! You’re improving!

Don’t allow someone else’s opinion of your progress keep you from doing your best. Join me in agreeing to never fail to excel. That may mean something different for each of us, but one type of excellence is the kind of drive that continues to improve. It won’t be long until you eclipse today’s best work!

To your great success!

Jennifer Quisenberry, Social Biz Babes, founder of Social Biz Babes, social media expert, social media training

Jennifer Quisenberry, founder of Social Biz Babes

Jennifer Quisenberry is a Social Influencer, author and blogger. She lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and two dogs.