As I near my 51st birthday, I have spent some time thinking about myself and my life. One of the biggest areas I have struggled with is self-inflicted stress and anxiety. I’m a perfectionist, so I’m always striving to be the best I can be.
The trouble with this mindset is that it often leads to comparison. It’s easy to look at colleagues in the industry, compare myself to how they look or what they have accomplished, and feel as though I am falling short.
What I’ve realized is that nobody is perfect. We all deal with this internal struggle. However, I have come to several realizations in determining how to prevent this negative mindset from taking over.
- Me versus me. We must stop comparing ourselves to others. The only person you should be competing with is yourself. Continue to make small efforts today and you’ll be better off tomorrow.
- This is a journey, not a destination. Keep working toward your goals each day. You may take a step back here and there, but you’re not out of the race.
- Seek joy. Don’t be all work and no play. Plan more activities or vacations. Take time to rest and enjoy life.
- Focus on your why. My why is to be here for my unborn grandchildren and family. It’s not about being the best in the industry or achieving perfection. Don’t let comparison confuse you about why you started in the first place.
We are human. We all have good days and bad days. As members of the 40 Plus Fitness Community, we can support each other throughout the journey.