What do you see when you look in the mirror?
The old you?
Nothing has changed?
I enjoy the Greek Myth of Narcissus.
Narcissus was a hunter from the territory of Thespiae in Boeotia who was renowned for his beauty.
Nemesis noticed this vain behaviour and attracted Narcissus to a pool, where he saw his own reflection in the water and fell in love with it, not realising it was merely an image. Unable to leave the beauty of his reflection, Narcissus died.
Ok, that is a tad dramatic for this time of the morning but here is my point. We strive to achieve perfection, we are never happy with what we have achieved, We always want more, but, at what cost?
So often I hear of people looking in the mirror and seeing something completely different, Body Dysmorphia is an illness of the healthy, it is not only woman who are affected by this but also men.
The gym can become addictive, Obsessive even. We start a routine and get results fairly quickly, and then, tragedy strikes because we fear changing our routine because we might lose what we have, let me tell you something; You won’t.
Many punish themselves for missing a session, or slipping on their diet, they feel everything they worked for will vanish and once again they will consider themselves worthless. I have been in this dark tunnel myself.
Hours of hard work and dedication don’t disappear overnight, sorry, I had to reiterate that point. We are not paid to train so we don’t need to spend all the hours in the gym, do what you can and enjoy it, otherwise you will soon come to resent what you once loved and die just a little each day because you will never feel good happy with what you’ve achieved.
An achievement is still an achievement no matter how small, the little achievements mount up overtime. Change little things and continue to progress, so that, when you look in the mirror you will see the results of your hard work so far, be happy with them, congratulate yourself and be proud of what you have achieved.
I guess what I am trying to say is this – No one will ever be perfect, so when you look in a mirror be proud of what you see because you’ve earned it.
Don’t obsess with perfect, instead strive for progress.
So tell me now, what do you see when you look in the mirror?