Why was I comparing myself to these other people when I should have been proud of myself that I was in the class and haven't missed a class the last four weeks? I spent the rest of the class coming up with a positive for every negative thought I had about my abilities throughout that class period. I am proud that:
1. I have already added weight to what I can lift from 4 weeks ago
2. The trainer had to stop me during my "burn-out" on the leg press because I was going for a while and he wanted to move onto the next circuit because everyone else had finished their burn-outs.
3. I am trying.
4. I feel good about myself when I leave the class because I know that I am pushing my limits.
5. No one else is judging me because I can't lift a ton of weight, because no one else cares.
I left the class feeling much better about myself, and I really began to understand that comparison is our enemy. I am a runner, I can run, and I can do so many things as an athlete that I never thought that I could and that is something that I should be proud of. I am getting stronger, as an athlete and a young woman, and that should be enough. The only person that I should want to be better than today is the person who I was yesterday.
How do you deal with discouragement? What is one thing you have done that you never thought you could?