Comparison is the thief of joy…….
That can be a weird way to start considering the Open kicks off tomorrow.
I think its actually quite appropriate to frame it that way.
I’m reading a book about John Wooden and his Pyramid of Success.
Not only does John Wooden just look like the greatest grandparent of all time, he is one of the greatest teachers of our time as well.
His players and coaches speak about him with such admiration that it almost doesn’t seem real.
When we can teach other’s about themselves, I’m not sure there is a greater gift.
In his book he talks about success compares it to climbing a series of ladders.
But the important note was we all have our own ladders to climb
And the fastest way to find outselves in stagnation and having not moved towards the next rung is to get caught up looking at other people’s ladders.
Comparison is the thief of joy because it moves our attention off of our unique skills, talents and desires.
Some of the worst times in my life are filled with comparison, feelings of inadequecy and jealousy.
I still have those feelings, but now I recognize them as me trying to climb someone else’s ladder.
I’ve found myself looking at other ladders in just the last two weeks.
Then I refocused and start climbing, one hand at a time, one foot, one rung.
It’s hard to have self pity when working hard and chasing your own success.
So this year in the Open, at work, in our relationships, and in our fitness let’s all focus on our own ladder.
It will probably be pretty surprising when we stop to look around and find out how high we’ve climbed.
So cheers to you for putting in the work and cheers to a great climb.