In a world that often bombards us with unrealistic expectations and unattainable standards, it's no wonder that many of us find ourselves grappling with feelings of inadequacy. Social media would have us believe that in order to be considered strong we have to be lifting certain numbers, for us to be considered “fit” we have to look a certain way and in order for us to be worthy we have to have a certain amount of followers.
But it's important to remember that strength comes in many forms, and our worth should never be measured solely by numbers on a barbell.
We might catch ourselves comparing our progress to others, questioning whether we're strong enough or good enough. But the truth is, every lifter's journey is unique. It's about focusing on our own growth, rather than comparing ourselves to others.
It's easy to forget how far we've come when we fixate on where we think we should be. Remember that progress takes time and consistency. Celebrate the small victories along the way, whether it's hitting a new PR or simply showing up and putting in the work. Each step forward is a testament to your dedication and determination.
Surround yourself with a supportive community of like-minded individuals. Find training partners who inspire and motivate you. Join online forums or social media groups where you can connect with other people. Sharing experiences and challenges can remind us that we're not alone in our journey and can help build a strong support network.
Remember that strength is not just physical; it's mental and emotional as well. Powerlifting can teach us valuable lessons about perseverance, resilience, and self-belief. Embrace the process and learn to trust yourself. Push through moments of doubt and trust that your body is capable of more than you think. With time and practice, you'll see the progress you desire.
Finally, be kind to yourself. Accept that there will be good days and bad days, moments of triumph and moments of struggle. Embrace the journey, both the highs and the lows. And most importantly, never forget that you are enough, just as you are. Your strength, both on and off the platform, is an inspiration to others and a testament to your own inner power.
So, let go of self-doubt and embrace your strength. Stand tall, lift heavy, and remember that you are a force to be reckoned with. Your journey in powerlifting is unique and valid, and you have the power to redefine what it means to be strong! Keep pushing forward, one lift at a time.