Can you imagine if I went around constantly broadcasting this? Just announcing my flaws constantly to everyone I met? How annoying would this be to others? But, just as importantly, how demoralizing would it be to my self-esteem?
“Hi my name is Lauren, and this is what I don’t do well”. Ughhhhhhh, what a downer!
The other day, I watched a commercial for Special K Cereal (I am in no way endorsing this product). It stated that 93% of women “fat talk”. By this, they mean they hashtag, status update, tweet, and loose talk with their friends about how their “muffin tops”, “thunder thighs”, and “cankles”, are just absolutely intolerable. In order to prove how detrimental this type of talk is to one’s ego, they placed average women in a retail store which broadcasted this “fat talk” (real life tweets by women) all about in print. It made the women sweat, and some even admitted to feeling physically sick. It ended with a powerful comment:
Your self-talk is very powerful. If you are constantly berating yourself, you will become negative, powerless, and unproductive, accepting sub-par everything…
This self-talk can relate to the activities you do daily in life, to how you perceive yourself physically, and even your performance in the gym.
Hang out with CrossFitters…Oftentimes, we fall into this trap. I suck at handstand push-ups. My push jerk is embarrassing. That will take me forever because I blow at rowing.
Look…I just gave you my list of “I suck at…” It just seems to come so naturally. But what if, just once in awhile, we weren’t afraid to say what we’re good at…to affirm our self-esteem. Think of what it could do to your perception of yourself as an athlete, thus increasing your productivity in your workouts…
So, tell me, right here, right now…because everybody’s got something….what, in CrossFit, are YOU good at?
I’ll start: I smash double-unders and box jumps… YOUR TURN. Post what you’re good at in today’s comments.