Friday, December 20th, 2013 Focus: I am inspired and motivated by positive, as well as negative, role models.

It goes to eleven
Despite abundant warnings that we shouldn’t measure ourselves against others, most of us still do. But the problem with social comparison is that it often backfires. When comparing ourselves to someone who’s doing better than we are, we often feel inadequate for not doing as well.

What causes social comparison not to divide us but to drive us? According to recent research, the trick may lie in comparing ourselves to people with whom we personally identify and who followed a path to success we believe we can follow ourselves. Also important is our conviction that the people with whom we compare ourselves succeeded not because of some special ability, position, or luck but because of their own efforts.

In fact, effort is such an important issue that even negative role models can inspire and motivate us if we believe they failed because they didn’t work hard enough. So not only can the strict dieter who exercised three times a week and lost a hundred pounds bolster our motivation and enthusiasm, so can the couch potato who’s remained stuck, due to a lack of effort, at the same weight for years.

Excerpted from the article:
Persistence, Persistence, Persistence
by Alex Lickerman M.D.

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The Undefeated Mind: On the Science of Constructing an Indestructible Self — by Alex Lickerman MD.

Through stories of patients who have used nine core principles to overcome suffering caused by unemployment, unwanted weight gain, addiction, rejection, chronic pain, retirement, illness, loss, and even death, Dr. Lickerman shows how we too can make these principles function within our own lives, enabling us to develop for ourselves the resilience we need to achieve indestructible happiness. At its core, The Undefeated Mind urges us to stop hoping for easy lives and focus instead on cultivating the inner strength we need to enjoy the difficult lives we all have.

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