REAL TALK: Not Being "Enough" | Shayler Sym

What does it mean to be "enough"?

The definition of the word "enough" is "adequate for the want or need; sufficient for the purpose or to satisfy desire." With that being said, the race to become "enough" can overcome us so easily, especially in the fitness world.

So many people deal with this problem of not being content, especially myself. I deal with it on a daily basis – not being lean enough, muscular enough, etc. And as I began to grow my social media presence, the problem really took off because I was seeing what others had that I didn't (i.e. smaller waist, bigger glutes, better arms). It's like a toxic disease that you can never escape from; when you're not content, you're constantly upset with yourself no matter how hard you've trained or how far you've risen in the world of competition.

I remember reading Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." I used to take that verse and pray for a better-looking body or pray, "God, please let me be leaner in this one area."

Although the prayers didn't hurt, I felt like I was praying for the wrong thing. Little by little, my prayers changed to "God, please help me to see my body the way You do. Help me to be content and happy in my journey with You." Since then, my thoughts started to change; they weren't so full of anger for not being "good enough."

So here's my advice for anyone that's struggling with thinking that he or she is not "enough": ask yourself if you're doing everything that you need to be doing to reach your goals. If your answer to that question is "yes," enjoy the process, knowing that your plans are in His hands. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day. Working as hard as you can and having faith will not only help you succeed in fitness, but in life as well.

- Shayler Sym

Shayler is a certified personal trainer and fitness model. You can follow her journey @shaysymm. #realtalk #takeflyte


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