As I head to the CrossFit Games this week, I have been thinking a lot about what it takes to be an athlete who qualifies. Three things came to mind: a focus state of mind, passion, and dedication to the sport.
But let’s take it down a notch. For most of us we come to the gym to be fit and keep a healthy lifestyle. Some of us come to compete with others, but a lot of us come to compete with ourselves. In doing so, we might feel really proud or really bad, which results in putting our scores on the board or not. And here’s the kicker: putting up your score, whether good or bad, is not life defining. It is a source of accountability to help an athlete drive themselves to stay dedicated, to stay focus and to drive themselves to be better the next time they come. Above all else, it is a source of measuring your fitness so that those who stick with it can see where they came from, to where they have come, and to where they will continue to go.
If you can’t enjoy the “bad”, then you will never enjoy the “good” times of CrossFit. I love that CrossFit encourages people to pursue goals, because it forces one to take the time to also celebrate every small victory. That way when they accomplish their bigger goal, they appreciate their hard work so much more!
Celebration should be a part of our everyday lives because it truly is a gift to be able to do the things we do. So start celebrating by embracing where you are at, enjoying the journey of becoming better. You may not be where you want to be, but my mom always told me to be thankful that you are not where you used to be.
By simply showing up in the gym, tells me that you want more out of life. You want to be the fittest you can be, you want to be able to enjoy life with your families, friends and co-workers. The gym is a tool to a successful, healthy life, but it is a tool that has to be practiced regularly or consistently.
Let’s take this year differently. Let’s use The Open of 2017 as a benchmark in our fitness career, a goal to get us where we want to be. That way you have a focus, you have a reason to be dedicated and with those two things, should spark a passion within you that no man can put out.
Some action items that will help! Write down your goals, continue to show up, get your mind off of the day and on to what you are about to do, encourage others, record your times, find a partner that will push you to be better than you believe you can be and enjoy the journey, because believe it or not, it is a beautiful one!
Be Encouraged Always,