Trilby Beresford
Updated Dec 01, 2016 @ 1:08 pm
Credit: Instagram/America Ferrara

Given the fact that we’re all human, bouts of self-doubt and feelings of insecurity will come and go. That’s nothing to fear, though. If anything, it should propel us to move forward with more determination than ever! Need a burst of inspo? America Ferrara has the goods.

In a piece for the New York Times entitled How a Triathlon Helped America Ferrara Defy Her Inner Critic, Ferrara explained how conquering challenging events help defeat those pesky inner demons.

In the op-ed, she recalls the time she’d just won an Emmy, and how — in what should have been a moment of celebration — she felt like she didn’t deserve success. She hurried off the stage as soon as possible, feeling like an imposter.

She went on to write that when she initially decided to sign up for a triathalon, she truly felt like she was out of her depths and as if there was no way she would ever succeed.

But then came…

When she found herself chanting a private monologue that criticized her athletic performance (so badly that friends were noticing her behavior), she made a big change and decided to “rewrite” her inner dialogue during training sessions.

Ferrara emphasizes how painful it is to train and compete in a triathlon, but how it was all worth the physical and mental struggle.

She also says that she started to understand the little voice in her head that had always told her she wasn’t good enough.

She went onto say,

YESSSSSSSSSSSSS. We are so incredibly inspired by Ferrara’s words, and so grateful she chose to share them. You can read the full essay here.