I was listening to a podcast the other day during my nice long journey from CT back down to SC and Kevin Hart was a guest for the particular episode to which I was listening. During the podcast he said something that got me thinking, he said that life is a game. He is right, life is a game, and in order to succeed we need to play the game right. This is where the title of this post starts to make sense. Whether you are playing a sport, a card game, a video game, or a board game you will always have to be aware and mindful of your opponents in order to set yourself up to win. The issue is when you become overly concerned with each and every move your opponent makes that you begin to forget about what you are doing. You can’t control other people’s actions and or how they play the game, but you can control what you do and how you play and potentially get them to react to what you are doing. This is much like life, if you spend all of your time trying to look like someone else, talk like someone else, dress like someone else, you will eventually lose. You can’t make anyone do something, but you can potentially influence them. This desire to compare ourselves to others and try to be someone we are not is detrimental to your physical and mental health. We are all very different and the amazing thing is there will never be someone that looks, walks, talks, and thinks exactly like you ever in this world. Social media is a big issue when it comes to comparison, it is so easy to open a website or an app and in seconds be flooded with images of ‘the ideal person’. There is never going to be another you in this world, so embrace that and live every day to be fully, entirely, unapologetically you. If there is ever someone you should look to be better than it is the you of yesterday. Wake up each day with the goal to be better than the day before, whether that is in your diet, your fitness, your mental health, your relationship with family and friends, or in your education. When you become your main competition, you will be setting yourself up for success each and every day, and you will inspire others to live to their full potential as well. When you strive for your best and stop worrying about what everyone else is doing you will be happy with yourself and give off an energy that draws people to you and radiates positivity out into the world.
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