Is comparison sabotaging your ability to be fit and healthy?
We’ve all done it at some point in our lives, right? We see that person with the perfect body, hair, car, house, more money, perfect relationship etc. etc. and we start to feel bad about ourselves for not having those things or situations ourselves. Teddy Roosevelt said it best in his quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
Many times we are completely unconscious of the comparisons we are making (cough, cough facebook, instagram, twitter). We even start to resent that person we are comparing ourselves to which keeps us from receiving good in our own lives. One way to start shifting this normal behavior in ourselves is just to notice it. No judgement to ourselves, you know the voices I’m talking about, just notice it in your mind and your heart and see how it feels to compare.
It does not feel good, right? It will not help us in any way to compare ourselves to others. We each have different backgrounds, experiences, and beliefs and that is what makes the world exciting and unique. Can you imagine if we all had the same things, hair, bodies, car etc. Boooorrrrriiing!
Once you recognize you are comparing and it is doing you NO good, start to look for the things you are grateful for: the color of your eyes, ten toes, working elbows and knees, a gym to work out in, clothes to wear. As you shift your mindset to gratitude everything else will look pretty good in your life.
I believe as we shift our mindset to positivity and gratitude, something I try and work on daily, we receive more energy and more motivation to take care of ourselves and others from a space of fullness and joy!
Thanks T.R. for that simple, yet profound quote, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”