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Turia Pitt reveals her struggles with feeling inadequate – and how she overcomes a negative mindset

New mother Turia Pitt has spoken out about how she sometimes struggles with living up to an ideal that she’s a naturally strong and motivated woman.

The inspirational Australian athlete has touched countless people’s lives through her books where she has shared details of her journey of surviving burns to more than 60 per cent of her body.

The 30-year-old gave birth to her first child, Hakavai in December and while she couldn’t be happier, she revealed motherhood has given her pause for thought.

Turia Pitt (pictured with her son Hakavai) revealed that despite the fact she is perceived as strong and competent she too is also prone to feelings of inadequacy

In a newsletter published this week, Turia wrote that while she’s perceived as highly motivated and capable, the reality is, she too, is also prone to failure.

She said that she had made her share of business decisions that hadn’t worked out; had lost money, launched projects before they were ready, given up on training sessions, and ‘taken way longer to achieve some of the things I intended’.

The young mother also touched on how the fact she while she’s seen as capable and highly motivated, she’s as vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy as anyone else.

The Australian athlete has touched countless people's lives through her books where she has shared details her journey of surviving burns to more than 60 per cent of her body

The Australian athlete has touched countless people’s lives through her books where she has shared details her journey of surviving burns to more than 60 per cent of her body

The new mum said while  she's seen as capable and highly motivated she's as vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy as anyone else

The new mum said while she’s seen as capable and highly motivated she’s as vulnerable to feelings of inadequacy as anyone else

‘In the last week alone, I’ve felt scared, I’ve binge eaten ice cream in my underwear, I’ve worried that I’m a terrible mother and a bad daughter,’ she wrote.

But rather than dwell on this too much, the new mum said she will also regularly take stock of her achievements as a way of giving herself some much-needed perspective on her life. 

‘I got through the fire, and recovery (an ongoing process),’ she wrote.

Turia shared how she regularly takes stock of her achievements as a way of giving herself some much-needed perspective

Turia shared how she regularly takes stock of her achievements as a way of giving herself some much-needed perspective

Turia Pitt’s tips for creating an ‘I can’ mindset

1. Make a list of all the things you’ve done that you’d consider a failure.

2. Then make a list of all the things that you’re proud of – things you’ve achieved, people you’ve helped, projects you’ve completed. This might take five minutes or you might need to come back to this over several days.

3. Once you have your lists, look at them both. There will be some evidence you have failed, but you will also be able to see where you have succeeded too.

‘I’ve completed two Ironman comps, competed in ultra-marathons, raised stacks of money for charity, started and scaled a thriving business, been a good mother to my son (I mean, he is fed and clean!) and written books I am really proud of.’

She explained by doing this, she is able to get a better sense of how capable she really is, and this action can really help turn around a negative mindset.

‘The point is, we all feel like we can’t do things and that we’re not capable of achieving what we want because we’re not “born that way”. But no one is!’,’ she wrote.

To read more from Turia Pitt, you can visit her website here



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