Monday Motivation: Tame your inner critic

Don't compare your chapter 1 to someone else's chapter 20. “Don’t compare your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20.”

I’m sharing this quote because I think it is a good reminder that we are all in different stages of our lives and fitness levels/goals. I wish I had found this quote in my early twenties when I was fresh out of college and it seemed as though everyone else around me was getting a job, making money, or just had it all figured out. I was a marketing major and didn’t have a clear vision of what I wanted to do with my life. Today this quote is always dangling in the back of my mind, a consistent reminder that it’s okay to be in a different stage of life and fitness than all those around me. We all just have to tame that inner critic, focus on what we have accomplished rather than what those around us have, and know that with a little hard work and determination anything is possible.

In other words: It’s okay to be a newbie in the pool and look like a fool (I’ve SO been there!). You don’t have to be a running God your first time at the gym, or even your fiftieth. And it’s perfectly fine if you can’t ride your bicycle 25mph uphill talking on your cell phone not breaking a sweat but, instead, looking like you’re out for a nice evening ride with the family. So what. So what if the person next to you can make it down and back in the pool while you have only made it half way. So what if the person on the treadmill next to you is running uphill at 7.5mph for an hour straight while you struggle along at a 4.5mph pace with no incline. And so what if that Italian bicyclist can ride uphill like it’s the easiest thing in the world (it really was quite impressive). My point is you will get there. You will succeed.

Happy Monday!

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