8) Comparing Yourself To Others:
When it comes to bodybuilding, there will always be people who are bigger, stronger, leaner, and more muscular then you. That’s just the way things are, regardless of what level you are at. There will always be people who are better, and on the other side of the coin, people who are worse.
Trying to be better then the next guy and always comparing yourself to others is just setting yourself up for disaster. By doing this you’ll never really be satisfied and you’ll never be able to truly appreciate your accomplishments.
Instead of worrying about what others are doing, focus on just improving yourself. Have a competition where you strive to beat your personal best. With your workouts strive to improve your personal best lifts from your previous workout. When tracking your bodyweight, bodyfat percentage, etc. focus on getting bigger and leaner then you were before. Measure your own progress and be proud of your accomplishments. Regardless of how you stack up compared to the other guys at the gym.
One of the most famous UCLA basketball coaches ever, John Wooden, always advised his players to: “Never try to be better than someone else; but never cease trying to be the best you can be.”
That’s good advice to follow regardless if you are playing ball, building muscle, or trying to accomplish any worthwhile goal for that matter.