Never Compare Yourself To Others
By Roger “ROCK” Lockridge
For various reasons, some people in fitness, sports, or other fields are considered the measuring stick. That is to say people like comparing others in the same field to that person. LeBron James recently being compared to Michael Jordan is a popular example of this. What many don’t realize is this does nothing but set the person being compared up for failure.
Instead of comparing yourself to your heroes or people you consider to be among the best, compare yourself now to your previous self when you started. Look at a before picture of yourself or check out measurements that you made when you started. Now look at yourself in the mirror, measure yourself again, or take a new photo of yourself. Then ask yourself this question. Am I better now than I was when I started?
Look at some of the contestants in transformation contests like the Lean Body Challenge. They make incredible changes, get into their best shape ever, and everything in life as they know it is better. Then they see a photo of the guys on bodybuilding stages or ladies in bikini contests. Those athletes competing faced much different circumstances than anyone who took on the Lean Body Challenge. Many bodybuilders and fitness athletes are sponsored and can afford to take time to train. As dedicated as the contestants are in the transformation contests, they more than likely had to deal with life, family, and other commitments that still required their daily attention. To compare the two would be naive at best and self-destructive at worst. The transformation contestants have every right to be as proud, if not more so, than the athletes.
My example is meant to be just that – an example. The point I’m trying to make is whether it is the big guy in the gym, the people you work with, or in any sport you may be a part of, don’t compare yourself to others. Compare yourself to your previous self. Are you better now than you were when you started your journey? If that answer is yes then you should be proud of that. It’s great to want to be better and to use other people as sources of inspiration but don’t frustrate yourself by comparing yourself to that person or working to become better than that person. Focus on being the best “you” possible and you will inspire others to be their best too.
About the Author
Roger “ROCK” Lockridge is a writer whose work has been seen all over the world. He is most known as a writer for Iron Man Magazine and Bodybuilding.com. In 2009, he was named Bodybuilding.com Male Writer of the Year which along with the Female award is the highest award for writers in the bodybuilding/fitness world.
Roger is also known for his work against child abuse and domestic violence and he was featured as a part of the domestic violence documentary “30” as the only child survivor and the only male survivor in the film.