What role does social media play in your life? While each person’s relationship is unique, it’s pretty evident to us that people are spending more and more time, energy and emotion on social media.
And while social media is a tool and not inherently good or bad, judging by the way most people use it, its increasing prominence is concerning. Simply put, what most people share on social media outlets is a highlight reel portraying only the best parts of their lives.
Is social media bad? Of course, not but it needs to be used intentionally. Be very specific to the kind of content you are consuming. I use social media as an educational tool to instil, promote and celebrate excellence.
This is particularly true when it comes to health and wellness. This is what we like to call the façade of social media that many people hide behind—picture-perfect gym shots, plates of food, and so on.
Fitness professionals and models often portray perfection, but life isn’t perfect (for anyone). Life is all about progress. It’s about being better than who you were yesterday. The competition is between you and yourself. And the good news is that you don’t have to be perfect to enjoy extraordinary health and wellness; you just need to do your best and keep progressing over time. Hiccups are normal, and they’re critical for growth.
Life is not build on the principal of “win-or-lose. It’s win-or-learn.” Stop trying to live up to someone else’s fallacious ideal, especially when they’re hiding everything, they don’t want you to see behind a distorted curtain.
Speaking of social media, something else that deeply concerns us is that, now more than ever, it’s for the first time in the human history that people have become famous, but you have no idea what they are known for. Fame without impact is dangerous. Don’t seek fame, be focused on impact, as impact creates change.
Be very careful who’s advice you’re seeking and taking. Just because something “works” for one person doesn’t make it a good fit for you. And just because someone stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night does not make him/her a qualified travel guide practitioner.