Something that I struggle with on a daily basis is comparing myself to others – that’s been an issue for me for as long as I can remember.
There is a fine line between looking to others for inspiration vs. comparing yourself in an unhealthy way.
Sometimes my jealousy can get the best of me and it makes me feel worse about myself. I don’t take into account how far I’ve come because I become fixated on what others are doing and what I could be. It turns into a vicious cycle.
So something I am trying to do is really practice just competing with myself. Nothing is wrong with a little healthy competition, right?
Of course I have to be careful I don’t end up beating myself up if I don’t reach every goal – I need to remember all of the accomplishments I have under my belt already and just keep going.
Example, I told myself I was going to post a blog every Monday.
Well, shit happened! It’s been almost a month since my last post on here! Which, yes, I’m frustrated with myself but at the same time, I’m still here writing. I’m going to keep writing. The world did not end because I didn’t post every single Monday.
Ya win some, ya lose some. And it’s hardly even a loss.
I’ve started writing down on my calendar little goals I am trying to keep up with every day. Did I drink enough water? Did I sleep enough? Did I exercise? Did I eat healthy? Did I have alcohol that day?
Seeing it all laid out has been a real eye-opener, both good and bad. It has really helped to motivate me. If I am following others’ mental health and fitness journeys, I am trying not to be jealous if it is “better” than me or farther along than me, but to be motivated. I am happy for others on a similar journey as me. It is hopeful. It is refreshing.
Focusing on myself has shown me how far I have really come the past few years with taking care of myself as well as where I am in my career.
I still have my good days and my bad days – but having that mindfulness you can compete with yourself and look to others for motivation gives you a sense of accomplishment and pride I am really grateful for and hope I can keep up.
Keep going, keep winning, keep smiling 🙂