For most of us, this is a real thing - me very much included!
I was so guilty of looking on social media and seeing other coaches in the flash cars and clothes, reading how good their posts were and just feeling so inferior, that I stopped posting my own content. I stopped pushing sales and took my foot off of the gas.
I see this all the time with clients as well. I often have people message me saying they want to look like 'Wolverine' or ‘the dude from the water film'. Even in training sessions, people want to try and do the same weight, the same reps, or the same exercise, as other people.
Don’t get me wrong, competition is good, but you need to make sure that it is an achievable goal. Trying to look like someone who is clearly chemically assisted is never going to work.
And it is true that, for some people, seeing others who have achieved things spurs them on to work harder. But for the majority of us, it can have a negative effect and stopped us from turning up every day and completing the tasks we need to do to win.
We have the most effective weapon against this issue; our ability to block, mute, unfollow, and ignore social media.
So please look after your mental health, and don’t let comparison kill your dreams. Concentrate on what you are doing, and can do, to improve your life and become healthier. Leave the comparisons to others.