Have you ever doubted your abilities during an important competition or during a practice? Telling yourself that you are going to miss the shot before even taking it or thinking that you are not a skilled enough player to have made the team? As a 13-year-old competitive figure skater, I cannot tell you how many times I doubted my ability to perform, and even as a college athlete, I did not always believe in myself. I was searching for perfection, where as I really needed to be in search for confidence! Therefore, this summer leading up to my 25thbirthday I sought out on a journey to embrace confidence and to thank myself for all the hard work I have put into developing the person I am today! On my running journey this summer, I reflected on what I would have wanted my 13-year-old self to know, and decided to share it with you all!
When embracing confidence, here are the three most important things you should recognize about yourself:
- You are STRONG.
- Be proud of who YOU are.
- Believe in YOURSELF.
There will be times when you do not think you are athletic enough to be a competitive figure skater, but that is when I want you to remind yourself that you are STRONG and with hard work you can achieve your goals. As a 13-year-old girl, it is normal to want to compare yourself to your peers. However, remember you are the only person that can control the thoughts in your head and as a young athlete it is important to reframe negative chatter in your head by accepting it first and then making it something positive. I totally wished I had known about the ZGiRLS 3-Step method as a 13-year-old female athlete. Lastly, be proud of who you are and your accomplishments! Be your own cheerleader while also cheering on your teammates. Even as a to be 25-year-old, I am continuing to work on thanking myself each time I accomplish a long distance run and to be proud of myself for completing it no matter how fast or slow it was.
My lasting message for my 13-year-old-self is that you are STRONG, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, and NEVER GIVE UP! Love yourself for who you are and embrace confidence from the inside, out.
Follow this three part series with writer Meghan Olt as she reflects how ZGiRLS Curriculum can impact her 13-year-old self, and all the amazing ZGiRLS out there.