Discouraging Words

How often do you find yourself discounting your accomplishments? It is so easy to do. I am a runner, but not a fast runner. I run races but I don’t win. I swim but…

What other ways do you do this to yourself and how do you make those voices stop?

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Ann Brennan is first and foremost a mom of three beautiful children. She is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and the creator of Ann’s Running Commentary. In 2012, Ann took Ann’s Running Commentary to new levels – first with a segment on the RunRunLive Podcast, chronicling her journey to her first Ironman and second, with a new channel on YouTube. Currently Ann is working on a non-fiction book series and working hard every day to remind people to get up, get active and get out there.
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3 Responses to Discouraging Words

  1. Carol says:

    Oh my gosh, Ann I so do this! Especially at races! I usually think the last race was a fluke, or I do well on hills but this is a flat course, so…. I need to figure out how to be positive and confident!

  2. John says:

    Thank you so much for posting this! It made me realize that I do this not only with my running, but with most facets of my life. I hadn’t planned on making any resolutions this year, but if I can change this one thing about myself this year, I think it will make a huge difference.

    As you say, I’m afraid of people thinking I’m showing off, or pretending to be something I’m not, and you’re absolutely right, when I discount and belittle my accomplishments, it takes away from me.

    Thanks, this was just what I needed.

  3. Erik says:

    Loved it! I do the same thing with my swimming. In fact, I talked myself out of triathlons because of not liking my slowness in the water compared to the run/ road. I don’t do it about running or riding, though, just the swim. Well, now I’m back, and I need this! More positive self talk and removing/ changing the negative comments.

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