The Only Person We Must Compete with is Ourself
Saturday, February 02, 2013
I was reading a Sparkpeople article this morning, as I do every morning, and it got me thinking. The article was about goal setting, which we have talked about here several times, but that isn't what I want to write about today. In the article the Spark-coaches brought up an interesting point about how people often compare themselves to people they see on television or in magazines. You know the ones, the skinny girls with the fresh looking skin and the made for bikinis body. Or the guy with the perfectly proportioned muscles, the ripped 6-pack and 3% body fat. Ya, those guys.
The coaches made reference to how we frequently compare ourselves and our bodies to those people and react with disappointment in ourselves. What we know inside but fail to acknowledge is, that no matter what we do, we will never be THOSE people. Not that we won't become one of those rich and famous beautiful people, but we won't become that particular model or celebrity. We can only be better versions of ourselves.
Week after week, even day after day, we step on the scale and see no significant movement of the needle or the number on the LED and we get an overwhelming sense of failure. Why? Because we didn't take a step closer to being one of those "beautiful" people. What a crock! This is exactly why I tell people to ditch the scale and stop worrying about their weight. Your weight is a by-product of your overall health. Your weight shouldn't be the goal, it should be a MINOR measuring marker of your greater goal, smaller healthier YOU!
The coaches brought out another point I think is worth mentioning. They said we live in a cut-throat society in which we feel we are in competition with everyone else to look good. You know what? That's all in our heads. It's unrealistic. There will always be someone taller, or thinner, or more muscular, or prettier, or more whatever. THE ONLY PERSON WE HAVE TO COMPETE WITH IS THE PERSON WE ARE TODAY.
I believe the only end goal we should have is to be a little bit better person when we go to bed than we were when we woke up this morning. And I don't mean a little thinner or a little lighter, I mean a better PERSON. A person who gives each day his best effort for that day. A person who made himself a little bit healthier by eating 3 servings of vegetables instead of 2 so he could go on to be of service to others. A person who did 5 more minutes of walking each day this week than he did last week so he could be around to see his children or grandchildren get married. Do you see where I'm going with this?
It's great to have goals, but have the right goals. Have goals that mean something to YOU. Have goals that inspire YOU. Have goals that create a better YOU. We can only be the best person we are. We can only improve ourselves. Now join me in becoming a better person today than I was yesterday.
Good luck to us all in our journey, and JUICE to you all!