Comparison is the Thief of Joy

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comparison+is+the+thief+of+joyI’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. It’s only human for each and every one of us to compare ourselves to one another. I do it, you do it, we all do it. We compare our jobs, our families, our looks and even our successes and failures against anyone and everything around us.

February 1st I started a 60-day challenge with my local barre studio (side note it has been GREAT and I will be writing more about it in a post exchange I’m doing with Jennifer Lauren over at The Z Beat soon!). The thing that’s interesting is I find myself doing WAY more comparing at barre than I do at Zumba. I’m not exactly sure why that is other than there are two very different crowds in each class. At least from my point of view barre is kinda serious and Zumba is let’s face it totally crazy insane. There’s no time to be self conscious at Zumba, barre on the other hand is a battle of wills for me.

Maybe it’s because I find barre to stinking difficult and challenging and why does doing such tiny movements over and over again light my butt muscles on fire! I’m also secretly envious of the barre instructors and would LOVE to instruct barre someday (way in the future!).

Dont-compare-your-beginning-to-someone-elses-middleThis post is a little jumbled and all over the place, but what I really want to say is that as hard as it is to let go of comparing yourself to others, changing that habit or at the very least making a conscious effort to change it can really open yourself up to tackling new challenges and pushing yourself past your comfort zone. I’m not going to say that I’m  no longer comparing myself to the other students in my barre class, but I am trying much harder to focus on myself and I am happy to say that in the last month and a half I have come a long way in terms of my strength, both physical and mental.

Spending that hour comparing myself to the other students wasn’t exactly helping my situation, but once I focused inward and used the people around me to inspire me to work harder I have found a lot more inner strength when my booty is on fire. 🙂


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