PROUD but never SATISFIED.
As much as I would love to take the credit for coming up with that phrase I’ve got to give credit to Christian Guzman. If you don’t know who he is, when you have the time, go ahead and check out his youtube channel. Christian, along with a lot of other things, is a gym owner and on the wall of his gym, he has “Proud but never satisfied” painted. I don’t know if he came up with the phrase but he’s been saying that for as long as I’ve been watching his videos. I always loved that quote but it was one of those things you hear and identify with more as you grow.
Proud but never satisfied has been a topic of discussion quite a bit for me this past week. In fact, Ethan literally posted about this on Third Eye’s Instagram as I was writing this blog (shameless plug… go follow @3rdeyeperformance). I figure since it has been a recurring conversation lately I would bring that conversation on to the blog.
Being goal oriented, ambitious, and focusing on the future is a positive 99.9% of the time. It becomes a problem when you get so focused on the future you forget about the present moment. It is so easy to get fixated on the fact that you are not where you want to be or that you have a laundry list of things to accomplish before the week is done.
I got to a point last year where I would wake up every morning and overwhelm myself with all of the things I had to accomplish because I wasn’t where I thought I should be. Not only was I constantly stressed but I forgot how to be happy with where I was. At the time I was on prep for a bodybuilding competition ( I could write a whole book on how this affected my life, for the better and worse), Ethan and I were just beginning to talk about Third Eye Performance becoming an actual business, and on top of that I was taking some of the hardest classes I’ll have to take for my degree. Every morning I would wake up look in the mirror and think of how far I was from being ready to walk on stage, all of the work Ethan and I had ahead of us starting a new business and all of the tests I had to study for. I ended up stressing myself out to the point of getting legitimately sick for 2 months and accomplished next to nothing for a good amount of time. Getting sick ended up preventing me from being able to compete in the show I was prepping for and allowed me to reflect on exactly why I was putting so much pressure on myself. I promised myself that I would never let my goals overwhelm me to the point of forgetting how good I have it already again. Since then I make sure enjoying the present moment is just as much of a priority as the future.
It’s so important to take time out and appreciate where you are now. Maybe in the morning take ten minutes and make a list of five things you are grateful for and love about NOW; every morning try and make it something different. Make sure when you accomplish even a small goal you take a second and pat yourself on the back (then get back to work). I am not encouraging becoming stagnant and celebrating the fact that you brushed your teeth in the morning. I’m saying make sure you appreciate where you are now and acknowledge the small wins that keep you moving forward toward your goals each day. When you only focus on how far you have to go, getting there is a shit show. So, don’t forget to be proud of how far you come but never get comfortable with where you are at.
Blue Skies and tailwinds,
Sierra (AKA; Little Miss Gains)