Why are we always harder on ourselves than we are on our friends? It’s one of life’s biggest mysteries.
Friend, “I can’t believe how slow my last run was.”
Caring Response, “At least you got out there. Don’t worry about it. We all have bad days.”
Response to self for slow run, “What is wrong with you. Suck it up. Push harder.”
Friend, “I’m planning to take some time off from running to heal injury, just not feeling it, no time or any such thing.”
Response, “Smart move. Give yourself time that you need. The road will be there when you are.”
Response to self for time off, “Your loosing it. You better lace up and go for a run. What is wrong with you. Your lazy, ect, ect.”
Friend, ” I finished the Race in XYZ. It wasn’t my goal time.”
Response, “Still a great race. So proud of you. You tried your best and you can try for that goal again.”
Respnse to self, “What is wrong with you. You didn’t train hard enough. You blew it, ect, ect, ect”
These examples don’t just happen in our running. I’m sure that we each could pick things from our “real lives” that we do the same things.
I used to think it was just me, but I realize over time that so many of us do it. We all come to life with our own baggage.
Why is it so easy to show our friends compassion when we do not give ourselves the same courtesy. We are not lying to our friends when we respond to them. We aren’t trying to just make them feel better. We truly mean these kind words. So why do we not cut ourselves the same break? It’s time to break the cycles.
Yeah, if only it was that easy. Most of the time we don’t always know we are doing it. Kind of like when someone gives you a compliment and you dismiss it with some self deprecating comment. STOP THAT. It’s time to realize that you deserve to be treated the way you treat others.
I’ve been trying to be nicer to myself with my running. I’ve beaten myself up on how I need walk breaks, how out of breath I am, ect, ect, ect. What I realized is that if a friend was in my position, I would be so much kinder to their situation than I have been to mine. What I’ve also realized is that this pattern was developed over time and it will take time and work to change it.
So here is what I propose we all do:
- If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself.
- Build yourself up. Not in an obnoxious way, but remind yourself that you are worth it too.
- Criticizing yourself is not the way to self motivate. If you feel you could/should have run faster, tell yourself that you did your best but will try again next time.
- Take time for yourself and don’t feel like you don’t deserve to splurge on you.
Yeah, if only it was that easy. The truth is that it’s not hard either. It just takes time, energy, and being mindful of your inner voice.
Your worth it!
So am I!