Recently while working out in my home gym I was uncomfortably reminded of some of the exercises I am physically unable to perform, and quite frankly may never be able to do again. It bothered me. This is a tendency many of us have. We compare ourselves to our past when we were “more”, “better”, “stronger”, or “prettier”. Do you ever do this?

It is a mistake to focus on what you can’t do. It keeps you stuck. And it can suck you into a quagmire of failure and despair.

There is always something you CAN do. And something is better than nothing.

Focus on:

  • what you CAN do. It may be true that there are activities you are currently incapable of performing. So what? Accept it, let it go. There are certain activities you CAN do. What are they? Make a list, keep it handy, and add to it from time to time.
  • your COMMITMENT. What are you committed to? Define your minimum standards. Choose powerfully.
  • SHOWING UP. Do what it takes to honor your commitment.
  • your MINDSET. What does your BEST look like? How can you be more focused, more positive, more present while engaging in your commitments?
  • PROGRESS. Over the course of time honoring your commitment, what’s different? Pay attention to the ripples. You may just surprise yourself.

“All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is enough.” Art Williams

Stop comparing yourself to your past. It’s a trap. It blinds you from the infinite possibilities that are still available to you this very moment. You are more than your circumstance. You are capable of more than you can imagine. And the best is yet to come.