How to not let COMPARISIONS sabotogue your success!

April 12, 2019

 

Comparing yourself to others can be a strong source of motivation and direction. But sometimes those messages are not always reasonable or realistic.
So instead of comparing apples to apples, we compare apples to oranges. The woman with the toned abs you compare yourself to at the gym most likely inherited a different body type than yours, so she builds muscle more easily or burns fat more quickly. The images you see on social media are usually significantly altered and filtered to look perfect. (Remember, nobody is perfect. And the woman with the great abs may have a body part she’s not happy with.)
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Even in my case at 32, I can look at other individuals and say geez they have better abs, a larger back, whatever it may be. Although without looking at the underlying factors I “could” let negative thoughts enter my subconscious. The facts could be, perhaps this person has much more free time and for every 5 hours I put in the gym they put 8. Or even age, the biggest factor in my eyes! Lol I eat better and workout just as hard as I did when I was 27, but the results are much more steady 🤷🏽‍♂️. 🤪
I don’t trip, because you never know what someone else’s body type, genetics, or lifestyle consist of. Constantly making unrealistic comparisons between yourself and others can leave you feeling like you can’t measure up, which tears at your self-worth and can result in mental health issues such as depression and feelings of failure.
So let’s CHANGE YOUR FOCUS

To increase mental toughness, it is crucial to be able to notice when focusing on others is a distraction and redirect your focus on your own performance and goals. CHECK YOURSELF!
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Also, determine if the comparison is healthy or unhealthy. I’ve competed in 3 men’s physique competitions. Some (and I mean SOME) of my favorite competitors AREN’T natural, I admire their work ethic, their dedication and discipline. Although to compare myself to them would be ridiculous, because I’m not taking an “unnatural route”.
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