Let’s talk about Yohan Blake, a sprinter specialising in the 100m and 200m races.
He won gold in the 100 m at the 2011 World Athletics Championships as the youngest 100m world champion ever. As an elite athlete his training will have been meticulous, he’d have a flawless diet to ensure he maintained a lean, healthy body fit for performance. He’d have worn all the best gear. He gave that race his best and reaped the reward.
I want you to hold that thought because we are going to return to it in a moment.
Is your best good enough?
You may say, “I’m doing my best, I can’t do anymore than I am.” But it would be wise to take stock of how you’re using your time. For example. Are you wasting it idly scrolling social media when you could be doing mobility drills, or prepping some high protein meals?
Is your best good enough? It may be, it may not.
In preparation for the 2012 Olympics Yohan Blake’s training will have been meticulous, he’d have had a flawless diet to ensure he maintained a lean, healthy body fit for performance. He’d have worn all the best gear… He ran 100m in a remarkable record-breaking 9.75 seconds… the fastest 100m Olympic sprint in history… to not win the gold medal.
His best was not good enough. Why?
Comparison. He lost to someone faster, his best was in comparison to Usain Bolt who ran the 100m in 9.63 seconds.
Yohan was slower than Usain by a fraction of a second. 0.12 of a second to be precise. He did his personal best but comparatively it wasn’t enough.
You may be looking at other people; your friend circle, peers at the gym or athletes on social media who appear to be achieving more than you. Sure, a little competition can be a healthy motivator but if you are not an elite athlete you have no business measuring your personal success against someone else’s ruler. Rather than comparing yourself to them you should be examining yourself.
Comparison should begin and end with what you are currently doing versus what you could be doing.
How do I view myself?
Am I happy with my progress?
Could I do better?
Is my best good enough?
I’d like to think that it is. What do you think?!
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