All too often I witness people falling victim of the comparison trap. It may not even cross some peoples minds, but it’s honestly something that should have more awareness than it does.
Comparing yourself to others, whether it is about your body, fitness, nutrition, appearance, or anything else, is paving a way to self-destruction.
I’ll be honest, I’ve done it. I’m sure you have done it, and we are only human. It’s natural to see something we like or want and want the same exact thing. But really, how realistic is that?
“Wow, she has a 6-pack, why don’t I have a 6-pack?”
“He doesn’t eat carbs? I shouldn’t either then!”
“They just ran 10 miles and I only ran 4.. Should I have run more?”
“She can shoulder press 30 lb. dumbbells? I can only do 12, I’m weak.”
Does this sound familiar to you? With all the social media out there, it’s so easy to fall into this trap. You see tons of pictures on instagram, a bunch of tweets, and tons of motivation on pinterest of food, fitness, abs, etc.
The thing is, everyone is SO DIFFERENT – in ALL aspects.
Everyone has a different body type, different height, different weight, different caloric needs.
Everyone is at a different stage in their fitness journey – some people have been running or lifting weights for years, and some people have just started.
Everyone LOOKS different, has a different hair type, has different styles, looks, features.
Everyone has a different way of eating that works for them – vegan, paleo, vegetarian, low-carb, no-carb, high-protein, high-fat, whatever.
There is no one-size fits all for anything. Many times, we have no idea what goes behind the scenes into people’s lives. Maybe someone has a food allergy, that doesn’t mean that you do and you have to do exactly what they are doing. Maybe someone can’t even run a mile, so they focus on weight lifting and have had years of practice, that doesn’t mean you are weak.
WHO KNOWS. Let me ask you this – what has comparing yourselves to others done for you? Has it ever been positive? More than likely, it hasn’t. It has left you feeling down and bad about yourself.
Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing other peoples lifestyles, successes, progress, etc. I truly love it, and I want to cheer them on! Some people even motivate me to better myself or to give myself that extra push in the gym.
However, I know that I cannot strive to be someone else. It’s unrealistic, and honestly pretty silly.
I am a firm believer in having goals and working your butt off to reach them. I know I have my OWN goals, but I do not make goals that are unattainable.
You are you for a reason. You can spend all your time focusing on trying to be someone else and driving yourself insane, or you can focus on being the best you. You can better yourself and reach your own goals, set your own records, and build your own body the way you want to.
You’re in control of your mind, body, and health – not anyone else. Stop comparing yourself to others, and do what is best for you.
Have you ever compared yourself to others?
Has doing so ever been positive, or only negative?
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