Isles of Man’s Aimee Cringle Talks Battling Self Doubt, Getting Better and Turning off Instagram

August 17, 2022 by
Photo Credit: Matt Melling Media (@mattmelling_)

Aimee Cringle is heading to the European Championships to defend her title, but her biggest opponent is herself. 

The Briton, from the Isle of Man, is racked with self-doubt and imposter syndrome, despite tangible evidence, like last year’s European Championships title, to bolster her confidence. This is not new, she has always been self-deprecating, and even when she competed in athletics she would compare herself to others. 

“I've always thought they are better than me, even on the start line I'd ask what their PB was,” Cringle said. “I obviously didn't need to do that. If it was better than mine, what was I going to do? I can't get fitter in the next 10 seconds. If I beat them, I'd say ‘see, I can do this, so I don't need to think that way’ but I still do.”

The European Championships are taking place from the 19th to the 21st of August in Nottingham. 

Cringle is working with a mindset coach to shake off her doubt. With her coach she sets intentions for the day–a performance intention, a recovery intention and a lifestyle intention. The pair come up with long and short term goals. 

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