Chose to be inspired
instead of intimidated.
This was me last week. I joined the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge and didn't have the greatest of first weeks. I upped my normal game, but I knew I could have done better. When I posted on the FB group threads, I saw people doing hours of exercise and miles of running. I was intimidated. Sure, everyone is somewhere on their own personal journey of health and fitness, but I felt dejected reading their posts.
So, last week I was intimidated. I didn't feel like I belonged and I let that color my week. I had a decent start, but as I saw those posts it got to me. I stopped trying. I let myself stew. I let myself think that I couldn't hang with the people who are participating. I honestly felt that I would be judged for my lack of points earned from various activities. It's a fairly common mindset for me.
But, if I chose to be inspired instead of intimidated, then I can continue on. I can keep working on my own goals and how I want to accomplish them. I can see how far some people have gotten in their journey and not be intimidated by them, but rather encourage them to reach their goals.
I know this sounds so basic, but to me I am easily intimidated by people. I am a true introvert and have a hard time knowing what to say or how to say it. It's easy for me to think people are better than me and wouldn't want to talk to me. By allowing myself to see someone else's accomplishment's as a part of their journey and not a reflection of where mine is in comparison, I set myself up to see their hard work as inspiration. I can get there someday, if that's where I want to be. I don't have to feel less a person because they are leaps and bounds ahead of me. I'm leaps and bounds ahead of other people (I'm not putting anyone down, I just know that as far as I feel I have to go, someone looks to me as someone who is far ahead of them.).
So, will you chose to be inspired or intimidated? How can you use today's motivation this Thanksgiving?