Fitmark Ambassador Laura Woods explains how being in comparison with someone else is not the way to reach personal goals
It seems like we live in a world full of comparisons. People compare themselves constantly against what other people have. The kind of car you drive, the size of your house, the income you make, and the way that you look. It seems that so many times people get lost in life trying to constantly compare themselves to others. This reminds me of a quote from Max Ehrmann’s “Desiderata” where he says: “if you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.” I have to remind myself of that often.
On this path towards the stage for the figure competition, I have constantly struggled with comparisons. Is someone else training harder? What are they eating that I’m not? Are they doing something that I should be doing? It seems nearly impossible to not have this mindset because in actuality, you stand there on stage and literally get compared to the girl next to you for overall physique, symmetry and appearance. So trying to remind yourself that you cannot do that in your daily life seems nearly impossible. The only way that I have been able to manage this is to remind myself of the reasons that I started in the first place. Do you want to feel better about yourself? Feel more comfortable in your skin? Develop strengths both inside and out that you never had before? If these are your goals – then keep going, because you will get there.
But if your only goal along your fitness journey is to be better than someone else, it’s time to adjust your mindset. There is only one you. And you only have this one body. Your competition is yourself. Being envious over the abs or the v-taper that someone else has developed gets you nowhere in your fitness journey. Your focus needs to be internal, being the best you – because truly there is nothing better.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013
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