When we compare ourselves to others, we are limiting ourselves to being whatever they are. A non-athletic person who covets an athlete wants their skills for some benefit, likely a social advantage. But in the grand scheme of things, that athletic ability does nothing in the world unless it draws people to your kindness. The rich man’s lifestyle is worthless if he is not generous. The church size is useless if there is no connection.
When we operate out of jealousy, we completely abandon any value we have in ourselves. We tell ourselves “that’s not enough..you are not enough.” 1 Corinthians 13:4 is a commonly used scripture normally defining how to love others, but if you put a mirror in front of yourself do you love what’s in it? It says “love does not envy and love does not boast.” We are not loving ourselves if we are jealous of another.
You should absolutely strive for success. If you’re an athlete, see how Lebron works. If you are a business man, come under the influence of the Warren Buffetts of the world. But do not discredit yourself for not arriving yet. Keep believing for the vision that motivates you and keep working toward that.