When I was in Yoga class the other day I noticed how I needed to back off a bit because I felt like I was getting a cold. Yoga has always been a practice where I never compete with the class before. I never tell myself before a yoga class that I need to go deeper in Warroir 2, or that Crane has to be better than the last time I did it. I'm just glad I'm there, and I do what I can based on how I feel in the moment. That's what yoga is supposed to be anyway.
I'm beginning to apply this philosophy in all areas of fitness. It's making my workouts easier and with better results. My focus is no longer on how to beat my numbers from the time before. I focus on "Doing My Best And Forgetting The Rest." The rest is the mind chatter that prevents me from enjoying what's happening right now. That mind chatter tells me that if I don't continue to improve every time then something's wrong.
Your numbers, reps & strength will improve automatically if you work hard and stay consistent. But if you beat yourself up during the workout because you can't do as many push-ups as last time then the "I'm a failure" mind babble wins every time. Big deal, so what & who cares that you're weaker this time then last. It just is. Are you doing your best? If you are and your numbers are lower than last time, then it's perfect.
Don't let the workout you're in the middle of suffer because you're comparing it to others. Just be glad you're in the middle of a workout and not in the middle of the couch. Stop judging yourself based on past achievements. It'll make you crazy, and it will cause you to ultimately fail in the end.
Forget The Rest & Do Your Best!