Friday, September 04, 2009
From today's Healthy Reflections:
Winning victory against yourself
No one likes to lose. The thrill of victory after competition is hard to match. But the wins that leave the most significant, long-term impressions are the ones where you win against yourself. Beating a friend in a game of hoops is much less meaningful than setting a personal best time while running. We live in a highly competitive world, and everything around us screams that we've got to be number one in order to feel successful. Truly though, the best measuring sticks are your past and your potential--not against someone else's standards. Raise the bar for yourself!
"The best inspiration is not to outdo others, but to outdo ourselves.- Anonymous"
Every time my walking partner and I go a bit further we both feel exhilarated. It still amazes me that we can do a 9 mile walk at 3mph.
Cathy 'found' a pedometer in a purse my sister was getting rid of and since then she is really racking up the steps. It felt great the first time I could "WooHoo" her for having more steps than me. (My sister swears she looked through all the purses but never found her pedometer - she told Cathy to keep it and we bought a new one for Nancy.)
It just isn't competition to either of us, it is more like cooperation - trying to help each other to reach new achievements.
SparkPeople is like this; SP wants us to be the best that we can be.