Envy is generally understood as a negative state of mind, but can it be useful instead when it comes to sport, performance and life?
Envy is both a noun (“a feeling of discontented or resentful longing aroused by someone else's possessions, qualities, or luck”) and a verb (“the desire to have a quality, possession, or other desirable attribute belonging to someone else”).
Everyone has experienced envy at one time or another. But have we made the most of it?
Envy as a Clue
Envy is an excellent clue: envy tells you that you aren’t happy with what you have and that you would rather have or be something else.
It’s a great place to explore what could (and perhaps should) change in your life.
So, let’s dive into this concept further.
Analysing Feelings of Envy
When you do feel envious of something or someone, the first point of call is rational analysis.
This point is the moment where you analayse your feelings of envy. Ask yourself the following questions: