Dec | 15
Brooks Athletes, Inspiration, Running Tips

The Power of Believing in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself

“The very little engine looked up and saw the tears in the dolls’ eyes.  And she thought of the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain who would not have any toys or good food unless she helped. Then she said,  ‘I think I can. I think I can. I think I can.'” The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper

I Think I Can

I Think I Can

Some days, it doesn’t matter how strong you are, how many miles you’ve run in training or how many yoga classes you’ve been to. Some days a workout, a race or a goal is completed not because of your physical training but because you believe in yourself. As Vince Lombardi put it, “Life’s battles don’t always go to the stronger or faster man. Sooner or later the man who wins is the man who thinks he can.”

During my time in graduate school I studied the idea of self-confidence. I found that while it is simple enough to be captured in a 37-page children’s book (that includes illustrations), it is also powerful enough to have filled thousands of pages of scientific journals.

Below are 3 tips on how you can capture the power of believing in yourself.

1. Positive Self-Talk

We Can Do It!

We Can Do It!

You know that point in a workout or race when you feel like you just can’t run any further? Start telling yourself that you can do it. This not only helps block that negative little voice that tells you to quit, but if you repeat it enough times chances are you’ll start  believe it.  Just like the little engine that could, this will help you run to the beat of, “I think I can, I think I can.”

2. Remind Yourself of Why You Can Achieve Your Goal

When self-doubt begins to sneak in start reminding yourself of all the reasons why you can achieve your goal. For example, if you’re running the Boston Marathon for the first time and nervous about running heartbreak hill, remind yourself that you qualified for this, you’ve run “x” many miles in preparation and you are ready!

3. Apply it to More Than Running

Self-confidence is powerful, so don’t just apply it running! Believe that you can achieve your goals and you will be more likely to actually achieve them. So, the next time you are faced with a mountain to climb take a note from the little engine and tell yourself, “I think I can. I think I can.”

About Kristen
Kristen has worked for Brooks since summer 2011 and is an addicted runner. She ran in the Big 10 conference for The Ohio State University where she recently finished her master’s degree in Communication. Kristen is now running half-marathons (with a PR of 1:18:41) and full marathons (2:45:46). Kristen is a 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials qualifier.
  1. Gene Zackerman

    I absolutely agree with this advice!  I have found that since I began running a little less than two years ago, my self-confidence has soared in all areas of my life.  As for my running, I won’t be winning races at the age of 58, but I have seen astounding progress, especially over the last 6 months.  Most recently, I finished ninth in my age group in a half marathon in Cincinnati in late October.  I ran the same race exactly 52 weeks earlier, the first race of my life.  In October, on the same course, I was 17 minutes faster!  In 5 days, I will run my second marathon, this time at Walt Disney World.  I love the camaraderie of running on race day!  I keep hearing John Lennon’s voice from “All You Need Is Love” during each mile:  “There’s nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be… It’s easy!”  As my stride becomes more and more efficient, I know that I am embracing an activity that will stay with me for years to come!

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