No Comparisons Needed: Your Journey Needs Your Footprints2 min read

The only impossible journey is the one you never begin.

– Tony Robbins

It was 30 degrees around 5:30 p.m. in Boston. I decided to grab an Uber because of the cold November evening. A young woman entered the Uber pool, and we chit-chatted about the recent drop in temperatures. Then silence ensued as we resumed the ride.

It was only a 5-minute ride. When she saw that the Uber dropped me off at Planet Fitness, she turned to me and said, “You’re going to the gym! Bless your heart!” Her comment caught me off guard, so I didn’t respond much. Plus, when I opened that car door, I ran for my dear life against the frigid winds. 

About 15 minutes later, I sat on the bench and thought––the gym is a metaphor for life. You have to show up if you want results. Then I scanned the room and saw all different kinds of people on different fitness journeys. One guy had arms so big they popped out similar to the shape of a horseshoe. Next, I saw a slightly overweight guy running on the treadmill. The point is life is sort of like this. 

When you look around, what do you see? People are in different phases of their lives, which makes it difficult to compare. You can’t wrap yourself up in what they’re doing because you don’t have control over their results—only your own.

So, when you become frustrated with yourself, and you think you “should” be further along, pause for a moment. And say to yourself, you’re right where you need to be.

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