Stop Using the Word “Failure”

by Stephanie on November 7, 2012 · 2 comments

in Inspiration

In the last few days I’ve been made aware of how negative I can be about myself.  I focus way too much on the things I haven’t accomplished rather than those I have. 

Case in point: on Monday I was discussing my half marathon goals with a friend.  I commented that I frequently fail to meet my athletic goals.  I called myself a failure several times.  I commented that there’s almost no point in trying again because I probably won’t do accomplish what I want.

Harsh right?

The truth is that somewhere, way deep down, I must think I can accomplish these things or I wouldn’t keep trying.  I have accomplished a lot.  I haven’t run a sub-2:30 half marathon, that’s true.  But I’ve run 2 half marathons.  That’s something to be proud of!  Injuries and illnesses, like the mono that prevented me from running the Hy-Vee triathlon, have kept me from achieving goals but I’m still putting myself out there.

 

So how about you?  What negative things do you say to yourself?  Do you think you’re a failure?  That you’ll never accomplish your goals?  That it’s pointless?

STOP.

Seriously… thoughts can be self-fulfilling prophecies.  You have to break the cycle of negative thoughts.  Think of what you’ve done. What you have.  What you are working on.

The more positive your thoughts, the more likely you are to succeed.  You have to believe in yourself!

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Faith November 7, 2012 at 7:36 AM

I came across a great quote that I’ve been trying to use as my motto lately, and I think you could benefit from it too:

“I will be my best, and it will be enough”.

Simple and definitive. Love it.

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Stephanie November 7, 2012 at 11:08 AM

That’s a great one… I’ll definitely be using that =)

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