Tips to being a more confident you
Belle Lap has compiled a list of some simple ways to have a happier and more fulfilling outlook on life. Self love can be a tough cookie to crack especially in a competitive sport, wearing minimal clothing and being directly compared to your competitors. We believe that with the right positive outlook and by being kind your mind and body that you can be the best version of yourself.
Ask yourself what you care about and decided how much you want it.
If running is exceptionally important to you then bring your whole self and focus to daily training. If you are crazy about a career, a cause or a competition then go at it full force. Run and live with a thirsty heart.
I was taught the true notion and importance of self worth in 2012 by my amazing mentor. Post graduation I was in an uncomfortable situation, where I was made to feel pretty useless. The advice I received on self worth has helped me in a wide range of life situations.
Key take-aways: Know your inherent value as a person, and decide how much you are prepared to strain yourself both physically and mentally to appease anothers. Stand by your internal values of who you are and never degrade yourself because of performance, appearance or approval of others. Self-worth is about loving and respecting who you are on the inside.
Be proud of where you came from. It is common to grow up with strong interests, but we get to college and none of our new college friends seem to ‘get it’ and that part of your life slowly drifts away. Well, I am here to tell you NOT to stop doing the things you love, even if others around you don’t appreciate them.
Don’t stop being YOU.
There’s a high chance that you will meet great people you really connect with if you get out in your new community and pursue your interests. Embrace the unique qualities that make you, you, they all make up our inherent value and add to our self worth.
Make big goals and work towards those goals. No one is going to come knocking on your door with great jobs and gold medals. Put yourself out there, take racing risks, believe in yourself, contact mentors and people in your future industry, oh and always, always take opportunities, no matter how scary they may seem.
One of my biggest issues in college was letting things get to me, mainly personal issues. My college coach would repeatedly tell me to be a duck… and to let the water glide off my back. I struggled with this for a long time, but as my skin has thickened I’ve learned to rebound off bad races, breakups and cynical views and not just let them go, but I adapt and grow from the experience. My advice is to surround yourself with people who support your goals and appreciate your company. Don’t compromise sleep, your sanity or your mascara for negativity.
Live with a full heart. Every day is a new opportunity to do great things (or sometimes just a chill day to drink Starbucks and and go for an easy hike) EMBRACE IT! Stop feeling sorry for yourself, nothing is ever perfect. No training set up, relationship, circumstance or situation, but YOU can make the best of every situation and choose to live with a grateful heart. Remember, the grass is greener where you water it!
Community outreach was the trigger behind starting Belle Lap and I couldn’t be happier that I was brave enough to challenge myself in so many new areas of life. Get to know your community. You can really make a difference to so many others and so much joy can come from it.
Be pro active and live like an elite. This can apply to racing smart, being on top of work and external aspects to training, things as simple as having clean running clothes ready for training or allowing yourself the necessary tools to fuel properly between training and class can all make your life easier. Being organized, getting sleep and thinking ahead to make training and life run smoothly is the name of the game
Stop making up excuses why you can’t do something and go out there and make it happen.
Learn, adapt, be you!