Despite the title of this post, I am absolutely cr@p at doing this with myself. I’m always trying to bolster other people up, encourage them and help them (to the point that I know I irritate people in my eagerness!), yet I struggle to do the same for myself. When you think you are failing, falling behind or doing badly, it really helps to see how far you’ve come and get a little perspective. Tomorrow is the 2-year anniversary of Kilimanjaro (my minor hell!) and also the 2-year anniversary of me having an epiphany and sorting my sh*t out.
You see, 2 years ago today I was overweight, unfit, and unhappy with myself. You can read more about my journey over on a guest post I did for Circus Mum here. Since then I’ve overcome many barriers, including my fear of heights, starting up my own business, setting up a running club, and smashed minutes of my running times (17 minutes of my 10k and 20 minutes off my 5k times), but I’m still guilty of beating myself up when I don’t achieve something. I think it’s all part of the Western society’s tendency to measure success on how much money you make and how much you achieve, not on happiness. I know one day I will learn to stop beating myself up and appreciating how far I’ve come, until then I will make a point of reminding myself as often as I can by rereading that post and being proud!
How do you overcome the temptation to be too hard on yourself? Do you have any tips?
What prompted me to write this post is that I’m currently festering at home feeling sorry for myself with a sore throat unable to take part in a 40k trail run! 🙂