I had an interesting conversation with one of my members this morning that I have all to often about self-doubt.
One of the biggest downfalls of CrossFit is what we portray about it; success, always success. Every where you turn it seems people are succeeding effortlessly. what you don’t see is all the blood, sweat and tears they put into (what ever it is they’re successful at) to make it seem so effortless. You also don’t see the moments of self-doubt.
And I can’t say with uncertainty that other Games athletes NEVER felt self-doubt, but I find it hard to believe those that succeed are always 100% confident all the time. Personally I know that I don’t feel confident all the time. It’s in those moments of self-doubt that I need to step back and reflect on all that I’ve done and where I’ve come from.
We have a tendency to spend so much time comparing ourselves to other people and thinking about what we should be able to do. When it comes to CrossFit, it’s no different. With in the gym you find people you’ve got similar skills with and you begin to spend time competing with them. Or you follow someone online and you compare your scores to they’re scores. All of sudden your self value is based on where you fall compared to others and when you don’t measure up you being to doubt.
I can’t stress enough….IT’S NOT ABOUT WHAT OTHER PEOPLE DO!!!!
- You can use other people as a motivator to get better when they’re better than you
- You can use other people as a motivator to get better when you don’t want them to get better than you
But what you CANT do is control what they do. At the end of the day it’s about you and that’s it. Everyday I train I’m doing the best i can do on that given day. I maybe tired or hungry, unmotivated, scared, excited, amped, enthusiastic. I may crush the wod or the wod may crush me. As long as I did the best I could on that day that’s the best I can do.
Self-doubt is normal, just know that you’re not the only one having it. I know I doubt myself monthly, weekly, sometimes daily. But instead of giving into self-doubt I keep chipping away and remembering that they reason I got into CrossFit was my health. Everything else that comes along with that is just an added bonus.