Educate.Motivate.Inspire: “More Vulnerable”

By Katie Carpenter

For those who don’t know, I coach our C2 kids class on the weekends.  On Saturday mornings I’m pretty sure my name is “CoachKatieCoachKatieCoachKatie”

One of my (yes, they are all mine for 1 hour a week) kids recently would get incredibly frustrated if he didn’t understand the movement immediately or didn’t already know it.  “I can’t do it” would come out of his mouth before he even tried and man would he get outwardly frustrated.  How many times do we tell ourselves that exact story either in the gym, at home, at work?

The behavior of this young human got me thinking.  How many times have I said to myself “I’ve always been bad at…” “I’ll never be good at….”  Why?  Because I try to work on it for a few days and when I don’t get the results I’m looking for I’m suddenly just not good at something?  Because I can stay consistent with my new idea for a few days but then external factors come into play and I can’t keep up with what I’ve told myself? What a cop out!  The reality is I wasn’t ready to put in the work in the area to be better at it, it’s easier to tell myself I’ll just never be good at it.

I’m still not great at (there I go again) holding myself accountable with internal positive talk.  This is one of my goals for this year.  I meet monthly with an accountability group formed by like minded people always looking to become better versions of ourselves.  As humans, we don’t want to disappoint others but typically have no problem disappointing ourselves.  These people call me out on my crap, we talk through each others barriers and most of the time it comes down to the fact that we’re our own barrier. 

What’s the story you are telling yourself?  What story do you want to be telling yourself?

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