Stop Excusing Your Amazing Achievements

Social media is a great medium to share your accomplishments and the fruits of your labour.

It's an opportunity for you to share with your peers the things you're most proud of.

But there's a phenomenon emerging of people excusing their amazing achievements. 

And it's going viral.

It looks something like this:

  • "I just (insert accomplishment here). It's not very good but its a start."
  • "I know it's not a lot for most of you but it's good for me..."
  • "I've got a long way to go but I just (insert accomplishment here)"
  • "It might not be up to the level of some of you beasts but I just (insert accomplishment here)"
  • "It's still a big weakness but I just (insert accomplishment here)"

It stems from our concern of how people perceive us. We all want to be liked and admired, and our faulty belief is that by publicly celebrating an achievement that we believe is lower than our peers, they'll somehow think less of us.

Here's the thing. The people that matter will know the hard work you've put int achieving your goal. You don't need to excuse the inadequacy of your achievement. And the people that don't matter, well, they don't matter.

Your achievement is relative. A one kilo personal best for you, is as important to you as a one kilo world record is for an Olympic athlete. So celebrate it. Enjoy it. And be proud of the hard work you've put in to get there.

So next time you share an accomplishment, don't excuse it's inadequacy. Instead, focus on the process. Focus on the hard work you've done, and be proud of your achievement - you deserve to be!

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Dan Williams

Dan Williams is the Founder and Director of Range of Motion. He is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist and Exercise Scientist with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Exercise Rehabilitation Science. Dan is a CrossFit Coach (at CF Games Level) and four time CrossFit Regionals Athlete.