Regular readers of this blog will know that I am constantly telling readers what a crap sailor I am. I write about my "delusion" that I can become a better sailor. I joke about not needing to know the course because I can "just follow everybody else like I usually do." I tell readers that I'm only racing for fun, implying that I don't really care about my results. I use phrases like "typically mediocre" to describe my actual results, and talk about being a "mid-fleet mediocrity." And so on. And so on.
I have spent seven years fine tuning the art of self deprecatory blogging. (Although I'm really not very good at it.)
Possibly some people find my style amusing, but I saw a video today that made me question whether I should be doing this.
The video is on a running blog I found recently, Ann's Running Commentary. There are a lot of great running specific tips on it, but yesterday Ann posted a video that could apply to any sport. In the video she discussed why we should not "beat ourselves up" by discounting our accomplishments.
She tells people she's a runner but she doesn't want anyone to think she is a fast runner.
She tells people she's a biker, but she says she's not like the guys she rides with. They ride hundreds of miles.
And she says she swims, but "it's more like not drowning"
Then she goes on to say that when you "down yourself' like this, when you don't give yourself credit for your real achievements, you take away from yourself all the training and effort that you have put in, and you end up not being the person you really should be, the person you really are.
For the record, Ann is the managing editor of Beyond Limits Magazine and has run numerous marathons, an Ironman and even a 50-miler. Here is her video...
Think about what you say to yourself.
Do you discount your accomplishments?
Do you fail to give yourself credit for your achievements?
And would you still bother to read this blog if I actually stopped doing so much of the self deprecation nonsense?