Fitness is the same. You are creating a unique map that only you will follow. No one else can do fitness like you. It's personal.
One way to kill the spirit of fitness is by comparing ourselves to others. She walks faster. She holds a better plank. She lifts more weights.
Remember, she is on a different path. Her map is not your map. Don't mix them up!
One of the most difficult things about changing, stepping out of our comfort zone, and doing something different is learning to stay in our own lane. Eyes on the road.
In my talk, I had lots of photos of Marie and I on our Grand Canyon hike, which took us two full days. But did you know that on October 4, 2016 (exactly one month after our hike), a runner named Jim Walmsley broke the Rim to Rim to Rim trail running record by completing the entire trail in 5 hours, 55 minutes and 20 seconds?
Does that mean that we didn't conquer our goal? That we somehow fell short?
Absolutely not! What we did was epic stuff for us. We conquered it! It wasn't about how we did in comparison to anyone else. It was between each of us, and the Canyon. Whether it is a plank, a set of bicep curls, your first 5K, a marathon or a hike across a canyon trail, it is in showing up and doing your best that makes it a success, not how you did compared to anyone else.
If you tried, you showed up. If you finished, you conquered it. It doesn't matter if you were first, last or anywhere in between. That Grand Canyon hike was one of the peak experiences of my entire life. Yet someone tore up that same trail in one fifth the time, which is amazing.
He pushed himself to the limit. So did we.
He set a huge goal, and achieved it. So did we.
He showed up and did his very best. So did we.
Turns out we are compadres, not competitors. Whether we are in the gym or on the trail, every success matters, and I am very proud of you when you try.
This week, pick a goal that is beyond your comfort zone, and go for it. You can't fail, you can only keep yourself from trying.
"Instead of trying to make your life perfect, give yourself the freedom to make it an adventure, and go ever upward." - Drew Houston