“The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”- Unknown
As I was doing strength training this morning I was pushing myself to my limit. There was one move in particular that was so difficult. As I was trying to hold it as long as I was supposed to about all of me was like “give up”, but then I remembered a part of a motivational speech I heard the other day. The guy said when you want something as much as you want to breathe then that’s how you know you really want it.
I thought of that as I held it out the entire time. I can’t tell you how accomplished I felt to hold it for that long. *Side note-That’s why I love exercise so much it shows you that you can push past what you thought was possible.* It didn’t just say to me “oh look you did this”. I told myself while doing it “if you can hold it out you know you can do anything you set your mind to.” And guess what…I did it!
That cut me deep. Often so many times we don’t think we can do what we set our minds to so we spend most of our lives just sitting around instead of trying to make it happen instead of just going for it. Honestly what’s going to be the worst thing that happens? You fail? So what?! Even when you ‘fail’ you don’t really fail because you are learning from it, and every time you learn from something it gets you one step closer to where you want to be. Even if you don’t feel like it is.
You may be thinking “Well this person achieved it their first time. And that person does that. Blah. Blah. Blah.”
I’m here to tell you just STOP! Stop it RIGHT NOW! You are not Cindy, Kevin, Billy Joe, or whoever you are comparing yourself to. Unless that is your name then by all means be yourself-haha.
The point I’m trying to make is that we are all different and we are going to go through things differently. If you think about that it’s really a wonderful thing. If we all did and responded to situations the same it would be like we were all robots and how boring is that? I know for most of my life I’ve always compared myself to others, and over the years I’ve gotten so much better about not doing that. The reason why is because I know I am unique and special in my own way. I realized I didn’t want to be like so and so. I wanted to be the best version of me.
As I was exercising today it really hit me. The only person I want to be better than is the person I was yesterday. If I’m doing that then I cannot go wrong. When I refused to give up this morning it made me think that by doing it I’m stronger than I was yesterday. By pushing ourselves to do something that challenges us everyday we are proving to ourselves that we are so much stronger than we realize and that what we have in us is more than enough.
You weren’t given anything in this life that you can’t handle. I know not all of my readers believe in God so I’m not going to force it down all of your throats, but I do believe with all of my heart that God placed us in our lives for a certain reason. Even without putting it in the whole God perspective I still can’t understand why some people think that they went through things for no reason. Many people have trusted me with stories about their lives then they will sit back and tell me “there was no good reason I went through that.”
I then just think to myself “I could think of a million different ones.” I’m not saying what you went through was fair. Heck, we all go through things that people probably would deem as ‘unfair’. But without any purpose? I highly doubt that. You may not know it at the time you are going through it, but later on down the road I’d say a good 99% of the time there will be something that happens that will make you see why you went through it. I’m saying this as a person who hasn’t had an easy life. I grew up in very hard circumstances. At one point in my life I was even told by someone who’s met so many people who have went through extreme life circumstances and she looked me in the eyes and told me “I don’t know how you survived through.”
If I can even find one thing to as why I’ve gone through it, it makes what I went through worth it. And for me it has been to help other people. Experiences in my life have made it possible for me to help others who have maybe went through the same things. So if you went through many terrible things in your life, don’t look it as “why me?”, think of it as a blessing instead, because the more crap you have been through the more experiences you can use to help others or do great things in life. It’s all how you look at it guys.
So my challenge to you all is to challenge yourself to be the best version of yourself today. No matter what that is. Go do it for…you..of course silly!
Thank you all for reading! Catch you all tomorrow,