Adopting a ‘growth mindset’ means believing that with the right methods and hard work, your skills and stamina will naturally develop as you progress with your running routine. This is a powerful tool in overcoming negative thoughts that might prevent you from getting started.
Instead of viewing your running objectives as a series of insurmountable obstacles, try to see them as opportunities for growth and learning, while focusing on the belief that every ounce of effort and practice you invest in running will inevitably pay off in your overall improvement as a runner.
Whenever you’re doubting yourself, shoo negative thoughts away and try to replace them with positive, encouraging ones. For example, it can be helpful to remind yourself that everyone had to start somewhere, and the only reason they ever improved was because they kept at it. Even pro runners were beginners when they started out!