Fitness Friday: You Got This
It’s Friday and I’m relieved. On some of my hardest days, self-doubt starts to creep in. For days at work, I beat myself up for making small mistakes. I rewind those moments and kick myself for not catching the details I normally would pick out easily. Lately, those moments have come up more and more. With the gym, the same thing happens as well. Things I should normally be aware of get lost in the moment. Sitting out on the sidelines has brought on a lot of self-doubt too. For today’s Fitness Friday, I thought I’d share some encouraging words. One of my co-workers recently sat me down and told me three words that I have to keep telling myself: you got this. No matter how awful the situation may be, you can’t stop believing in yourself.
We’ve all had those moments in the gym or at the office. It’s the PR attempt you’ve been trying for six months, or the project you’ve been avoiding. It’s a hairy mess and it induces a certain amount of panic when you think about it. Sort of like how I feel when I’m about to eat something spicy. Before I even put it in my mouth, I’m anxious. It’s in these exact moments we take the deep breath and jump into it. My PRs have usually come when I’m least expecting it, mostly because the hype and the anxiety get in the way of my success. My best work products are ones where I stop panicking and focus on small chunks. The common thread in both examples start with being brave.
The Road You Took
When the going gets hard, it’s easy to forget the journey. When I’m going through my self-doubt moments, I forget that I’ve worked hard to get to where I am. It’s funny how one bad moment erases the hours, days or even years it took to get there. During the CrossFit Open ever year, I stress out about the workouts. I worry about how I’ll do and I worry about not being better than the year before. What I realize later is that one workout doesn’t define the rest of my efforts leading up to that. And sometimes, the wins don’t come from being more fit. Maybe it’s being happier on a day to day basis, or getting more sleep. It’s the small things like having a better relationship with food, or having a better work life balance. The path to being where you are means something too.
You Got This
In the middle of my work anguish earlier this week, my co-worker and I did an afternoon coffee run to get me away from my desk. As we were waiting, I vented my frustration and my overwhelming self-doubt. Rather than pity me, he asked if I was willing to try something. We stood up and he took his fist and hit his chest and said, “I got this.” After doing it, he told me to try it out. It felt incredibly stupid at first. But after doing it two more times, I actually started to believe it. Each time it started to have a little more power. I went back to my desk, faced my projects with bravery and quietly pounded my chest with saying “I got this.” The work load I had didn’t diminish, but my confidence in myself increased as I went through it. Believing in my talent and abilities has been challenging, but having those three little words has helped me get through it.
Hopefully, you’ll be able to face whatever roadblock you’re facing with the same exercise. Be brave, clench your fist, and tell yourself that you got this.
Happy Friday friends!