My mom sent me a quote on Saturday, and from the moment I read it, I knew I wanted to make it the topic for today’s Motivation Monday. We all go through periods of self-doubt and wondering whether we are good enough (or smart enough, pretty enough, thin enough … you name your “enough”). In very small doses every once in a while, this can keep us on our toes and keep us striving for our goals.
However, beneath all of our minor insecurities, the most important thing we can do to set ourselves up for success in any dimension of life is to truly believe in ourselves. Each one of us has some pretty amazing qualities, but recognizing our own strengths can sometimes fall by the wayside. Today, I want to encourage you to look inside yourself and pull out those strengths – and use your newfound belief in yourself to power through a challenge you’re facing, or encourage you to take a leap of faith.(picture source)
While the support of others is reassuring and helpful in achieving our goals, we can’t rely on anyone else to believe in ourselves until we do. Having trust in ourselves and our own ability to “get the job done” is more important than any other external factor. It can be a struggle, at times, to put faith in our own abilities, but taking a step on your own and truly believing in yourself is one of the most liberating things you can do. (picture source)
I have two last loose ends to tie up. First, the winners of my Arctic Zero giveaway are Erin K. and Eleanor M. (as chosen by Random.org). Congratulations, ladies! I’ll send you an email to put you in contact with Arctic Zero.
Second, remember how I mentioned that my running motivation had hit a slump, and that one part of my 3-part plan to conquer it was to enter a race yesterday? Well, despite the sleet, high winds, and cold, I went out to run the half marathon (plus 4 miles before and 5 miles after to make up my long run). Even though I wasn’t trying to run fast, I love races so much that I think my motivation is back on track … I’ll have a longer post about re-gaining motivation coming soon. The real update, though, is about my amazing husband! Kevin had knee surgery for a torn meniscus on November 7th as you might remember, and yesterday he got 2nd place in the half marathon! His commitment to cross-training, stretching, and rehabbing while he was out-of-commission for running is really impressive, and should be a great source of motivation for all of us! (photo from my Instagram)
So tell me in the comments … What is one aspect of your life in which you truly believe in yourself? How could you believe in yourself a bit more? If you’re a runner, how do you get your motivation back when you’re training for a race and hit that inevitable slump?