Run Your Own Race

Glorious weather we had yesterday here in London…

…the good news is that today is set to be pretty much the same.

What did you get up to over the weekend?

I was at the gym early Sunday morning for a little bit of cardio to take the edge of the calories consumed on Saturday night…

…home made pizza was the order of the day, followed by cookies and ice cream.

Mine was on the left and had onion, olives, tuna, anchovies and a drop of chipotle hot sauce.

Alex’s was a bit more traditional with mushroom, peppers and chorizo…

…clearly, mine was the best and tasted amazing!

And yes, we watched the X-Factor.

I know, I know, I’m a romantic old soul sometimes; I just can’t help it

Alex is a lucky girl.

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.

Looking around the gym, I saw the usual crowd, a range of abilities and bodies and physiques.

I noticed a young guy who was quite over weight sitting on a bench doing a set of Db. shoulder press.

He was looking at a guy who was doing some chin-ups on a set of rings that we suspended from the ceiling. This guy banged out 10 reps with ease.

For those that can do 1 chin-up, you will appreciate how tough 10 reps are on the rings.

The chap on the seated Db. press then proceeded to get a heavier set of db’s, too heavy for him in fact and tried to do a set…

…his form was horrendous, his body was snaking around as he twisted and contorted every muscle fibre he could to lift that damn weight.

What’s the point of this observation I hear you ask?

Well it was clear from my perspective that the overweight guy was looking at the guy in shape and thinking one of two things…

He is either disliked him or admired him.

In this case, he admired him and it inspired him enough to try to lift more in an attempt to boost his own ego.

Now I’m not having a go at that guy.

We all do this…see someone who is better than then try and ourselves extra hard on the task at hand.

It’s nothing new or special.

What I really wanted to say to him was “run your own race”

He needs to focus on his progress and not let his ego get the better of him and do something that could ultimately halt his progress like an injury.

I’m sure many of you can relate to this?

Focus on your own goals in life.

If you have some weight to lose and that’s your goal, then work on that and ignore the girl next to you who can eat whatever she wants and doesn’t even go to the gym.

If you are looking to increase your muscle mass then focus on building muscle slowly and ignore the guy on the rings.

Work hard on YOU and where you are and never compare yourself to others.

Easier said than done right?

The problem when you compare yourself to others is that there is always someone that has more in every aspect of your life and you can make yourself feel inadequate.

Someone will always have more money, more success, a better-looking girlfriend or boyfriend, a better career or a leaner body.

The grass always looks greener.

Whatever it is in life you have, work on being the best version of YOU and don’t compare yourself to others.

You are better than everyone else in the room at many things.

Einstein said it right…

“Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live it’s whole life believing it is stupid”

You have no idea about another persons story or how or what they have done to get them to where they are now.

Run your own race.

Work hard on what you have and what you want in life and be grateful for every step of the way.

Be the best version of YOU that you can be.

We all need someone to admire and to aspire to, but don’t ever feel inadequate around anyone for any reason.

The flip side to this is that you should never feel better than anyone else too.

Now that’s a hard one that we ALL need to work on

Have an amazing Monday everybody and check back here on Wednesday for more musings…


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