I spend a fair amount of time reading articles, blog posts, and email newsletters full of expert tips, advice, feel-good material, and any number of other kinds of material. Today, I read an article about fitness — which really isn’t my favorite topic — and one paragraph in particular really stuck with me, and I decided to share it here.
Women are conditioned blame themselves all the time, because everyone blames us—literally us, and not difficult scenarios—at every opportunity. I’m here to say to you—no. The path for anything is not straight and you will not always get it right the first time. Expect difficulties, expect setbacks, expect to have to look at everything with clear eyes and realize it is both possible for things to not be going smoothly *and* for that to not reflect on you as a person.
For me, that take-aways are:
- Sometimes things are difficult.
- Not winning or not succeeding in a task or moment does not mean you suck.
- You’re not the sum of things you didn’t do perfectly.
Keep trying. Get better. Celebrate success on your own terms. You deserve all of that.