I biked up a big hill, barely making it to the top. I enjoyed the view and, while biking down the hill, took my time so I wouldn’t feel as though I was at risk of breaking my neck. I rode by a huge nursery I’d never noticed before, and even caught a glimpse of a bunny rabbit hopping across the road.
I felt so strong and capable and happy. So different from another recent bike ride where I felt weak, frustrated, and exhausted.
What was the difference? Comparison.
You see, on my energizing ride, I was on my own, creating my own experience based on my own strengths and goals.
The frustrating ride? I was riding with someone else with totally different strengths and goals. I compared myself to them the whole time, trying to keep up and feeling like I was falling short the entire time.
Think of it – two nearly identical bike rides, but one felt like a success and one felt like a failure. Comparing myself to someone else changed my entire experience.
If you’re feeling frustrated, I encourage you to check in with yourself, and see if any comparing is going on. Trust your abilities, forge your unique path to success, and enjoy the ride!