You are never going to be able to stop comparing yourself to others, even if you wanted to. As a human being, you are hardwired to compare yourself to others around you. It’s just a part of who you are as a social being. And, while left uncontrolled this natural tendency to compare can become negative, when leveraged properly comparisons will have a positive influence. For example, a study in the journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science found that in races where a runner was competing against a rival, they ran about 5 seconds faster per kilometer of the race. Another study in Frontiers in Psychology found that when participants knew they were being compared to a competitor, they had a significantly faster reaction time. Comparisons can make you better.