“I will never be good enough.” “I can’t do this, it’s too hard.” “I’ll never be a runner, who am I kidding.” Try as I might not to let it happen, so often those depressing, self-doubting thoughts echo in my head. It’s especially hard when I’ve had a particularly bad run when I felt like, for some reason, I just couldn’t pull it together – a day it seemed like I was particularly winded right from the start. I have come to realize just how important self-praise is to my success. Sure it’s very easy to beat myself up, but where does that get me? Sneakers packed away in the closet, stress-eating and low self-esteem?
As a Human Resources Manager, I laugh when I think of the advice I give applicants who interview for a job. If you’re not going to toot your own horn, if you’re not going to believe in yourself, who will do it for you? I think the same applies while running. If I don’t praise myself, if I don’t reward myself verbally, how will I ever succeed? I have to remember while I may not be the fastest, I am good enough. I may not be fast, but I am a runner – no matter how long it takes me to puff up that hill. I can do this. If I tell myself this enough, I start to feel like the little engine that could. This time, however, it’s not “I think I can,” it’s “I know I can.”