How many times in your life have you decided not to do something because you were afraid of what others may think? How often do you compare yourself to others and decide that you aren't good enough, fit enough, fast enough or strong enough? We all do it. If you're like me, I do it far more than I would like.
There is nothing wrong with wanting to improve. In fact, if we never tried to get better, we would stagnate and ultimately regress. The important part of improvement is judging ourselves only against where we were yesterday. There is nothing to be gained by comparing ourselves to others or worrying about what others may think about us, our goals or our objectives.
We are all on our our own journey and we must understand that. We must embrace the fact that where we are right now is exactly where we are supposed to be. Often it's not where we want to be, but it's where we need to be. We are all perfect just the way the way are. And we will be perfect tomorrow too. Every step of the journey is an important one. We cannot dwell on the destination because once we get there, there will be a new goal and destination to reach. There will always be another "there".
Often we are held back from trying to improve because we are afraid of what other will think of us. We don't go to the gym because we think people will look at us and laugh at how we look, or how fast we run, or how much weight we lift. None of that matters. Those individuals are sheep. There's nothing wrong with being a sheep. Sheep are calm, peaceful animals that stay in a flock. They are innocent and vulnerable. In their own way they are beautiful.
The lion however is about strength. It is strong and proud and does not concern itself with the opinions of sheep. As the above quote says, once you are unafraid of the crowd and the opinions of to others, you are no longer a sheep. You become a lion. Every single day, we have a choice to make. We can be a sheep or we can be a lion.
Be the lion.