A few years back in high school when dealing with the frustration of what seemed like a perennial competitor in academics, dance, and other extracurricular activities, my mother kindly enlightened me that my toughest competition would always be myself.
This sage advice only made me more frustrated, yet as time passed on, I quickly learned that this would be the truth. An understanding that would help shape me into the person I am today.
“Someone will always be prettier.
Someone will always be smarter.
Someone will always be younger.
But they will never be you.” -Kanye West
How do I push myself beyond to be better?
I turn my dreams into goals.
Now the difference between setting goals and accomplishing them is astronomically different. Setting goals is admirable; yet truly accomplishing them takes dedication, strength, will power, and hope. I find that pushing myself past my limits brings me the best results. In school, whenever I feel as if I am falling behind in a course, I push myself to make up the difference. In life whenever I feel lackluster or down, I find ways to serve others. For my fitness goals, I strive to push myself beyond my mental capacity.
Of course, just when you feel as if your goals are in reach, life will always throw a curve ball. There will be minor setbacks, but overcoming those hurdles only makes you stronger. I apply a well-known phrase to my life by Gordon B. Hinckley “Try a little harder to do a little better.”
Changes do not come overnight, but I can promise that when you set a goal and if you are determined to accomplish it by competing by yourself and pushing beyond your limits just a little bit at a time, the results will be immeasurable.
-Remi Walker Miss Pocatello