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Weekend Quote: Confidence and Awesomeness

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The other day I received an email from a reader who recently completed her first half marathon.

Let’s think about that for a minute…

Her first HALF Marathon!

That’s just over 13 miles.

THIRTEEN MILES!

When was the last time you ran 13 miles? (No comments form those uber athletes that may be reading. I’m talk to those of us who are newer to the world of fitness.)

Instead of being proud of her amazing accomplishment she focused on all the things she could have done better.

ohh that perfection gene is a killer, isn’t it?

Listen guys, it’s taken me a long time to get to where I am (funny enough to say as I’m typing this at 6:30 AM before heading out for my Saturday Tough Mudder Training) and I STILL battle this mindset a little. Let me stress A LITTLE because it does start to fade the more goals you set and achieve.

The voice goes from a scream to a whisper when you start to accomplish things despite of it telling you, you aren’t good enough, fast enough, skinny enough, worthy enough.

It does.

I promise.

You have to just. keep. moving. forward.

Part of my response to this email was…

Keep doing what you’re doing. Set goals and reach them.. your confidence will catch up to your awesomeness. I promise. :) 

Although, it had more typos in it because my brain works faster than my fingers most of the time. When I read emails like this I respond from my heart, it’s a visceral reaction because I know it’s what I need to hear myself. These insecure feelings I have held me back for so long and I’m shocked they are so common. There are so many of us whose body image and weight issues stem from a lack of confidence and sense of worth.

I will continue to ignore my inner voice and move forward.

I will continue to set goals and reach them.

And I hope you will too.

Now.. off to training! I’m gonna be late!



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Discussion

There are 8 comments so far.

    Debbie

    April 7, 2012

    Just what I needed to hear today! I finished my first 5K with a slower time than I ever had training. I was beating myself up on the way home and my husband told me I should be proud of the fact that I set a goal, worked for it and accomplished it. I am.

    Kelly Cheesehead

    April 7, 2012

    Can I repost your quote if I promise to quote you? I absolutely love it – I want to frame it for the world to see!

    roni

    April 7, 2012

    Of course! I’m so glad you like it! :)

    Cheryl Boswell

    April 7, 2012

    Great work and advice Roni.

    The thing I would add is with the training for any sort of thing like a half marathon or 5k, make sure you are enjoying the process too. I used to get all bent about the goal and was totally not living the moment during all the prep work. That seemed like a lot of time to not be fully engaged.

    Paula

    April 8, 2012

    Great advice. I have been setting goals and even if I don’t reach them in the manner I wish to I just keep going. Like you stated, keep moving forward.

    Christina James

    April 9, 2012

    I can’t help but agree to everything you said here especially the part where lack of self-confidence definitely holds us back from moving forward. I might also add that the lack of courage can be a factor as well. In the end, you just have to believe that you can do it yourself and that holding back can lead you nowhere.

    Such an inspiring post – keep it up!

    How Do I Lose Belly Fat

    April 10, 2012

    Good for you, you gain more confidence and awesomeness!

    Erika

    April 10, 2012

    I just needed to publicly register the total AWWWWWW-inducing moment I had looking at that picture. ROFL!

    And, yes, great advice. I find that, more often than not, we’re far harder on ourselves than we should be all because we think that will encourage us to achieve our goals faster… but more often than not it just leaves us feeling beaten down, since all that perfection takes tiiiiiime.

    Great post <3