Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Be a Leader

In spin class a few weeks ago I noticed if I sprinted with gusto, the other participants in the class would keep up. If I took it easy, they’d slow down as well. The funny thing about this? I’m not the teacher. I try to stay in the back row. There’s nothing wrong with using another person to help you push yourself, but why not be the leader yourself?

It's easy to say, well, I'm doing better than the lady lifting weights next to me, but that just degrades her and you. It's okay for someone else to be stronger than us. It's okay for us to have different goals. My challenge is for you to be the best you. Push yourself, improve yourself, and know that it doesn't matter what your neighbor is doing. It matters how you feel about yourself and what you're doing to reach your goals.

Every single body is different. I will never be a hundred pounds. That used to bother me. Now I love my tall, strong body. Please don't tear yourself down by comparing yourself to others and don't tear someone else down to feel better about yourself.

All you can be is your best you. Let's do that in 2010. Be the leader of your own life. Here's to all of you!


  1. Always writing an inspiration aren't you big sister. Thanks for keeping hope alive when the negative nancy's out there like your sister are trying to keep the rest of us down. hehehehe. No seriously I love the thoughts. Thanks!!

  2. Thanks for reading them, Bubs! You are not a negative Nancy. I wouldn't put up with that!

  3. Great post -- and so true, I'm still discovering the things that "the new me" can do!! Happy New Year.

  4. Good for you, Mel. It will be a wonderful New Year with that attitude!

  5. This is such a good post. So many people need to remember that bringing others down doesn't build them up. And being the leader instead of following.


  6. Thank you, Amber. I really appreciate you stopping by,