This won’t be a long post, I just want to take a brief moment to talk about a feeling that a lot of us probably feel. The feeling that we’re not good enough, that we’re an outsider, that we don’t belong.
Imposter Syndrome is when a person lacks confidence in themselves and worries that they’ll soon be discovered to be a fraud.
This is a feeling we’ve all felt and I’m here to tell you that it’s totally and completely normal… At least I hope it is. This feeling of not being worthy is something I have experienced often in my work life and feel constantly in my running life, and it’s something I feel every time I post on this site. I mean… Who am I to be telling you about running? I’m not a great runner. I haven’t won a single race. What authority do I have?
But this feeling has never stopped me, and you shouldn’t let it stop you. In my professional life I’ve convinced myself that this feeling is just confirmation I’m pushing myself, trying new things, and continuing to grow and develop my skillset. When I get to a point where everything I do feels easy and comfortable I know I’ve stopped progressing and this is something I strive to avoid.
In my running life the same is true. Growth happens when you toe the line at a race, or start a route that you’re not sure you’re going to be able to finish. Does it suck when you bite off more than you can chew? For sure, but the void that exists past the point you know is within your limits… That’s where all of the best experiences lie and where all of the best stories come from.
Am I a great runner? No… But I love to do it. Am I good at my job? Some parts, but other parts I’m way behind the curve. But I’m making progress in those areas where I am weak, and eventually those weaknesses will become strengths.
So, if you’re ever feeling this way please don’t let it discourage or stop you. You’re not alone, and it means that you’re doing exactly what you supposed to be doing… Getting the most out of life.
Train Smart. Run Well. Do Good.