Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Believing in yourself

Whew. Just whew.

What a long day.

I've recently come into a position of more responsibility than I'm used to at work. While it's certainly not a position with a ton of responsibility, it's still a great opportunity for me to shine. It's a little stressful, but how I'm handling it is a measure of how far I've come.

A year ago, the kind of day that I had today would've had me in tears, despite knowing that I was doing everything I could and sometimes I can't control everything. It would have had me feeling really low and like I was completely incapable of doing well. I would've looked like this:

Not today though, not at all. Despite all the crap that was thrown at me, I felt confident. I felt capable. I felt poised. I felt like I could handle it all. It's a completely new feeling for me.  I felt even better when I got home and Eric told me that when he came into my cubicle before he left today, he said I sounded like I knew what I was talking about. That was a great compliment. :)

I've been thinking about it for the last couple of hours now, wondering what helped me become so much more confident.

It's running.

It's things like completing my first 10K.

It's helped me realize that I am capable of whatever I believe. I recently had a PDR (personal distance record) of 8 miles. I never once thought that I couldn't do it. I didn't let the distance daunt me. I believed in myself, and it spills over into the other areas of my life. Tough task at work? I got that. It's just amazing to me now how much I've grown.

Has exercise helped you become more confident in other areas of your life? Lemme know in comment below!