I'll get right to the point. If you work out for show and not for personal growth, you're doing it for the wrong reasons. If earning the validation of others is your purpose, you're putting yourself in a bad spot; as soon as you lose the approval of others you'll lose your purpose and you will fail. On the other hand, if you work out for your own intrinsic reasons, you will always carry your purpose.
In life, it’s important to exercise integrity in our actions and respect ourselves and our relationships. When friends disrespect us, we know they're not true friends. And when those friends disrespect our loved ones, shouldn't we also feel disrespected? Or should we turn a blind eye?
It's no different in the fitness world. There are many who will "disrespect" you, your goals and your progress. And if the offender is yourself, ignore those thoughts. You have a relationship to maintain with your "fitness self". You also have a responsibility to maintain mutual respect for your fellow athletes regardless of where they may be in their journeys or what their limitations may be. Its already challenging enough to step into "the ring" and stay the course without others cutting you down on social media, within groups of friends, or at the gym.
Respect yourself enough not to let others define you and always have respect for others. Speak up when you see or hear disrespect, its everyone's responsibility. What you do when no one is watching is what makes for good character. Pushing yourself in the gym just as hard with or without a camera focused on you is integrity that all athletes should have and will help this lifestyle maintain the respect it deserves.
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Live strong, live healthy- Calyx