Is self-comparison really any different than comparing yourself to others?
In fitness & bodybuilding we are constantly reminded to “be your own competition” but what happens when we feel we have let ourselves down or maybe we aren’t “in our prime anymore” or “not as good as before” or “as xyz”??
Is self-comparison really that fair when we are always evolving?
I lrealize now it isn’t as constructive as we think it can be
We only believe it’s constructive because it appears better than comparing ourselves to others but is it really?
I don’t think it always is
Self-compassion, recognition, and encouragement are different energies than comparison
If you constantly put yourself down because you’re not “as ___” as you once were, then how does that help you?
I mean, I personally feel like a whole new person now than 1 or 2 years ago
In some ways comparing myself to myself is rewarding because I can see my growth physically & mentally
But comparing my body to my past body just isn’t really as logical as I used to think it was unless it genuinely is coming from an empowering place
I think we get so caught up in improving physically that we forget our other knowledge that numbers, stats, & our own body changes overtime with so many variables
You can’t say you’re not as lean as you once were or as light or even as muscular because who you are now is someone very different with different experiences, choices, & beliefs
The only version of ourselves we should be focused on is the one that is taking the next best step, the one that exists now & within our ideal reality
Self-comparison walks a thin line between self-deprecating & self-motivating
Make sure you’re choosing the one which is genuinely going to serve you in your growth journey
It is best to root yourself as a seed in positive soil rather than expecting yourself to somehow blossom in a garden that sees no sunlight, gets no water, & has no one tending to it
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this
I know comparing myself to myself has been both rewarding & disheartening, what’s your experience been?