Mindset Monday - The Best Version of You
Every week I look for different topics to share for Mindset Monday, Wisdom Wednesday or Philosophical Friday. Today's Mindset Monday stems from an Instagram post from Nike Global Head Coach Bennett.
I used to think that to prove my "value" I had to show that I was better, stronger, faster, and I could work harder and longer than those around me. That mentality helped me achieve many goals in life, but I also lost a bit of myself in the process.
We are all familiar with the quote, "comparison is the thief of joy" and it is so true. Our multimedia society has made it easy for us to judge our success or worth based on the accomplishments we see from others. Throw that doodie out the door. This is about you. Whether you are on a quest to run a marathon, lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, run your first trail run, get married, apply for that dream job, battle a new diagnosis, or optimize your health, you should focus on yourself. It does not matter if Suzy lost 30 pounds in 3 weeks. It does not matter that Tom can run a 5K in under 20 minutes. What matters is that you are not paralyzed by the need for perfection in trying to reach your goal and that you believe in yourself.
I show up every day for myself, and so should you. Whether I jump on the treadmill or run on the roads or trail, I am there for me. It's not to get the best Strava segment or more likes. I high-five myself at the end of every run because I did that run for me and it was challenging and fun. Maybe not fast, but fun 😊! And tomorrow I will get up and run again or lift again, or both because my goal is to continue to become the best version of myself. One percent (1%) better every day. And when I look in the mirror and see the affirmation that I have written on my mirror, I remind myself every day that I believe in myself. And so should you. Take some time today to reflect on what Coach Bennet shared in his post. I would love to hear your thoughts.
I want to thank my Mom, my Dad and Coach Bennett for helping me become the person and athlete I am today. Thank you, Coach Bennett, for challenging me on every run. And this is about running, and this is not about running.