We all have short and long term goals. For example, I’m burning the midnight oil almost every night working on an Amazon training program. Outside of my family responsibilities, I’ve been laser focused on launching this membership website – cheap plug for ShoeStringSelling! This IS my short term goal. Most of you know that I really enjoy working out. Two of my long term goals are to live a healthy lifestyle and to be the old guy still throwing around free weights with the young guns.
I have been SO dedicated to achieving my short term goal that I have actually backed off from working out. My website has gone live and is in beta testing – cheap plug for our ROCK STAR community of FBA sellers! Is this a bad thing? One could argue that we should keep our health first. However, I would say that I was about to miss an amazing opportunity. I was about to go on my own for the first time since I started earning an income online in 2009. This experience was taking me back to my wrestling days. The task at hand was my responsibility. I had to put up or shut up.
To come full circle, I took about a month off from working out and my eating habits were not the best. I gained like 8lbs. I swear all 8 were in my chin! Now that we are beta testing, it is time to hit the gym again! My first workout was going great! I lost some strength but I was still moving some weight. I was feeling good. Then in walks a giant of a man! My instant reaction was one of negative self talk. “I should be here more.” “I once did 385lbs on the bench and I bet I couldn’t do 300 now!” “I will never get back to that.” What’s wrong with this picture? I was at the gym! I was having a great workout. I was suffering from comparitis! My workout had nothing to do with the other guy. (He was a good sport when I asked to take a picture!)
Moral of the story: don’t compare your results to the results others are having. We all have different circumstances. We all have different obligations. We all have some limits placed in our way – lack of time, lack of funds, lack of support and so on. I challenge you. Next time you start to negatively talk to yourself, embrace it as a growth opportunity! Rather than beat myself up, I changed my self talk. I’m happy to share that I made it to the gym 4 times this week! Simply put, let the accomplishments of others lift you up. Don’t compare yourself. Set some goals and stretch to meet these goals! Now GO GET YOURS!
“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” ~ Lao Tzu