I am not a prude by any stretch of the imagination, but there are some four letter words that I just cannot stomach.
The worst offenders? ‘Only’ and ‘just’.
“I’m only really slow but…”
“I just ran 3 kilometres though…”
“I can only… I just am not…”
Every time you say ‘just’ or ‘only’, you are minimising your achievements.
What you tell the world when you use those words is that you see yourself as less than someone else. You are making excuses for what you perceive as a failing. On top of that, you are unintentionally offending anyone else who may be ‘only’ at the same stage as you.
There is no ‘only’ or ‘just’ when it comes to moving. Yes there are people who are faster, who can go further. Do you know what? There will ALWAYS be people like that. You are never going to be the fastest or the most elite and it DOESN’T EVEN MATTER.
There is one person you can compare yourself to.
That person is you. Yesterday.
She is the one you need to be better than, nobody else walks in your shoes or fights your daily battles.
Every achievement is something you have worked for, and you have earned the right to feel proud of it.
No only. No just.
The world believes what you say about yourself. Tell it something amazing. And believe it yourself, because it is true.