Comparison is the Thief of Joy
We’re excited to feature Coach Justin in this week’s Food for Thought Blog. Below are his thoughts on an article that really spoke to him and I couldn’t agree more with how important this subject is for our athletes.
What’s your why for coming to Cróga? Chances are it’s a blend of short term goals and long term dreams. Survival is the reward in the early days of training (especially in CrossFit). But eventually, comparison to others becomes the measure of your success. And with that comparison often follows a loss of perspective, joy, progress, and connection to the reason you train in the first place.
The article Sermon II: Comparisons by Coach Tod Moore at Atomic Athlete in Austin discusses the downsides of comparison, and how to get that monkey off your back. It’s as inspiring as it is informative.
Bottom line: If you’re always comparing yourself to others—regardless of whether you’re worse or better—you’ll lose gains, friends, and happiness. Shift that attitude to gratitude and you can reap the benefits of competition without the costs.
Again, here’s the link to the article: Sermon II: Comparisons by Coach Tod Moore