So the other day I was talking to a client about exercise and the way it can make you feel not only better physically, but mentally as well. My point was that studies show that exercise is AS effective as a chemical anti-depressant. Simply put, when you exercise, you just FEEL better overall!
Still, I offered the importance that improving oneself is a solitary journey. The competition must be within yourself, not comparing yourself to others! For instance, I have been training for over 30 years now! It would be foolish to say that since someone cannot bench what I do, that they are weak or put them down. NO, it simply means that while I was once in the very position they are, I have just trained longer, stuck to my goals and continued to improve.
It then occurred to me that exercising is almost like a spiritual journey! We can look to others for support and seek knowledge from them, but in the end it is OUR own journey! We must do the things in our spiritual life that make us better people. No matter what your faith, the journey is within yourself. ARE you actually doing the things necessary to make you a better Christian, Muslim, or whatever your faith, or are you faking it?
The same applies within the personal journey that is self improvement? Are you strength training, but fueling your body with cupcakes and beer? Are you doing what is necessary to truly make yourself better, or kind of faking it?
In essence, this journey applies to everything in our lives? Are you actually working to get good grades in school, or are you going through the motions? At work, do you simply show up only to wait long enough to go home or do you actually take pride in the career you have chosen? To truly improve in life, we must work toward a goal! That goal should be to be better today than you were yesterday in every aspect of your life!
There will be ups and downs and missteps in all of our personal journeys. I suppose that is the result of being human, but all I can suggest is that each of us should try to make ourselves and the world as a whole a little better than it was yesterday!