What happens when you put thousands of sweaty people from all walks of life, countries, age groups, socioeconomic levels and perspectives together in one place? You see some stuff.
People will try to tell you that overthinking is bad for you, and leads to worry and is a useless exercise which wastes your valuable mental power… And that’s probably true. But ruminating and in-depth processing are also amazing strengths if you just give your brain a little direction.
I came to the realization that all of those tough times and impossible situations were successes.
Please don’t let your lofty views of success, the glossy sheen of someone else’s life, or the visions in your head of what you thought life would be keep you from acknowledging when you do something right.
What we see in other people we assume came naturally, yet we become overwhelmed thinking about the work it would take for us to get to the same level.
Your story of progress in the face of challenge is beautiful and important.
I’m out here like you, doing my very best to live a healthy, purposeful, splendid and brilliant life. Sometimes I succeed with incredible poise and aplomb. Sometimes I ditch my workout, get frustrated and curse in traffic, then eat a platter of desserts from a work event. You know, balance.
The world, your world, will not get better on its own. Your world will improve only when its people improve. And you are one of its people…
We tend to measure our daily status against the vision of our achieved goals and get disappointed and frustrated when they aren’t the same. Much of progress is invisible for the majority of the time it is being made.