I was reluctant to write this post. There was this stupid fear of jinxing the race this Sunday, or something to that effect.
There are all sorts of jitters and nerves happening right now. Obviously.
I’m playing all sorts of dramatic scenarios in my head, unnecessarily, fatalistic ones.
The ultimate being that my time is going to suck; that for whatever reason, I’m just not going to beat last year’s PB.
I asked my trainer yesterday, “So, what happens if I don’t beat my PB?”
With her past experience as a competitive gymnast and ice skater, I figured she’s got some mental tricks up her sleeve on how to deal with defeat and disappointment.
And for a harsh self-critic who regularly exaggerates the negatives and beats herself up over them, I could do with some sound advice.
Mental head on collisions with oneself gets tiresome, y’know?
She took a couple of seconds thinking about it, going through her memory filing cabinet of wins and losses.
“Just don’t linger on it, “she finally replied.
“What’s done is done. Move on. Feel good about having done it.”
And right there, folks. We have a running tip and life lesson rolled into one.
Are you a harsh self-critic? What do you do when faced with disappointment or defeat?
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