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We’re all different, it’s a beautiful thing!

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You want to hear something beautiful?

We’re all different!

Haha profound, right? Of course this may sound like a “duh, Buffy” moment, but sometimes it’s good to state the obvious.
We’re all different. We’re from all walks of life, different backgrounds, have different strengths, different weaknesses, different gifts, different talents. And that’s really cool. Because all these differences are what make you, YOU! This seems like a completely ridiculous thing to bring up but too often we find ourselves wishing we were like someone else. Wishing we had their talents. Wishing we had their strengths. The whole time missing sight of our own talents and our own strengths! This is coming from a very real place for me right now. I recently competed in my first RX competition and while I could not have been more excited and grateful for my partners, it was hard not to compare myself to them and feel inadequate. Their abilities are different than mine. But this is a good thing! Differences are what make us unique. Theodore Roosevelt once said “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Boy, was he ever right! So I would encourage you to:

•Stop comparing yourself to others. I try to keep this in mind especially when I’m training, but it applies to pretty much everything in life. It’s too easy to look around, compare yourself to others and get discouraged by their abilities. So, stop! Don’t let your joy be stolen.

•Take some time for self reflection and think about/find your own strengths. You could even write them down as a reminder to yourself. Keep a log book of your lifts and/or workouts so you can see where you are and how you improve. Celebrate those PR’s!

•Work your weaknesses. It’s great to know your strengths, but it’s also important to know your weaknesses. Without acknowledging them, you can’t work on them and improve where you need to improve. Set up goals for yourself and work on those weaknesses.

Here’s a few questions:
What if we celebrated our differences instead of being jealous of one another? What if we encouraged each other on our journeys instead of tearing one another down?

I think something very beautiful would grow.

–Coach Buffy