I’m not quite sure when it happens, but somewhere along the way — particularly for women — we become our own worst critic. Maybe we learn it in middle school, when we go through the awkward in-between phase of growing up (seriously, my pictures from back then…). Or maybe it becomes part of us as we enter the dating world, when things are just unusually tough and impossible. 

But at some point, we all become our own worst critic. Telling ourselves that we aren’t good enough for whatever reason that we form in our minds. When I was in high school, it was my thighs. I HATED my thighs and even swore off wearing shorts for the longest time because I thought they were the worst. 

And that evolved to another body part, another area that I called a weakness. I’ve talked about this before in relation to running… how I tend to sabotage myself and convince myself that I’m not good enough to hit my goal.

Why? 

I just don’t get it. I know it’s happening, but why do we do this to ourselves? We should be our strongest supporters. We should be the ones building ourselves up because if we don’t, who will? 

It always reminds me of the classic Dove video, where women are asked to describe themselves to a sketch artist — and then, other women are asked to describe them. The resulting pictures are drastically different. If you haven’t seen it (or need to watch it again, it’s that powerful): 

Yes, nobody is perfect. I would love to have a flatter stomach. I would love to hit a PR in my next race. But, there are things that I would never change about myself because I think they are great qualities. Shouldn’t we focus on those, then? 

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Let’s make a promise to stop being our own worst critic, to start being our biggest supporter and watch all the awesome things fall into place. With a sense of yes I CAN do this… I know I have a that marathon PR in me. Believing that I’m strong enough will give me the courage to sign up for that ultra.

 

Are you your own worst critic? Why do you think people are so hard on themselves? 

What’s a big goal you have that you stand in the way of? 

 

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