We all have different people we admire for different reasons. One of the things I love about social media is its ability to connect me with other like-minded people, giving me a sense of community as well as allowing me to feel close to those that I admire. However, everything in life comes with its downsides and social media is no exception.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a person who you look up to and who motivates you to better yourself, be that in terms of health and fitness, business or generally just becoming a better human being. The danger is that people often take this admiration too far and want to become the people that they admire.
The most obvious example of this is when people set goals to look exactly like someone else. Often these are unrealistic goals because as individuals we are one of a kind. We could be on the exact same nutrition and exercise program as the person we admire but the results would still be different.
You and your lifestyle are unique, you have different goals and priorities so however you train, how often you train and how you eat should be tailored to your lifestyle and your goals and not just be a carbon copy of someone else’s.
We need to learn that we can admire others and be inspired by them, wanting to achieve goals in the same way they have but still love ourselves, our bodies and the things that make us different. There needs to be a shift away from feeling that we need to do better than others and towards focussing on improving our practices be that in the gym or with our approach to nutrition.
The main reason I wanted to share this post is because I feel that when we go too far in admiring other and comparing ourselves to them we can begin to feel inadequate in ourselves.
“Never forget there is only one of you and you are as breathtaking as they come.” -E. Russell
Just some food for thought.