Current research states that the greatest determining factor of success later in life for children is not intelligence, social status, upbringing, athletic ability or financial background. Instead, it is an intangible quality: grit. Tenacity is the thing that will determine success more than anything else. What does that mean? It is different to every single … Continue reading Grit
We think we really want it easy, we don’t. There is no satisfaction there, the rewards are not worthwhile, and we will feel vacuous. Effort, failure, effort, failure, regroup, struggle, fail, success is a much more satisfying path. My son has been commenting for the past four days about his pride in achieving the merit roll in his school. It’s his first year with all number grades, and he had been working diligently on his reading throughout the past summer and most of this school year. He keeps telling me he is proud of it, that he likes how it feels, and he wants to do better. If it just happened without effort or study he wouldn’t appreciate it. Much like if an athlete came into CrossFit and had no struggle, just walked in and could perform snatches, muscle ups, double unders, etc without struggle there is no appreciation. Struggle creates value, struggle creates reward. The effort needed to achieve correlated directly to the elation of success. Do not shy away from challenge or struggle, throw yourself headlong into it. Stay in it for a while. Get comfortable being uncomfortable, that is where growth and progress will be found. Not on the easy path. #cfqda #coach #personaltrainer #fitfam #motivation #inspiration #struggle #satisfaction #happiness #letsgo #improvedaily
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At times comfort is nice. During periods of rest and recovery comfort is welcome and often needed. However, most of our life should not be lived in the space of comfort. We try to keep everything in check, keep everyone out of discomfort, avoiding challenge and failure at every possible turn. We squeeze comfort tight like a child holding its favorite stuffed animal awakening from a nightmare. Comfort retards growth. It keeps us stagnant in the muck of mediocrity. Leading up to my exam yesterday I was very nervous. I could have easily just recertified my CrossFit certification with the level 1 or level 2 but I chose the other path. I have a tattoo down my spine, a T.S. Eliot quote “Only those who risk going to far can find out how far one can go.” I will pursue more, always. I will choose to expand rather than retract. I hope with my whole heart that death will be my last great adventure. Do not get me wrong, I’m not ready for that and scared to die is an understatement. However, I know what lies beyond the horizon and I am going to rage, I will not go gentle into that good night. Everyday with what we do with CrossFit is opportunity to leave comfort behind, to live. I’m not being hyperbolic in saying that CrossFit is a life changing experience. The organization and structure of the workouts when executed appropriately will take any athlete to a different headspace. It is uncomfortable, full of question and doubt. It involves high heart rate, increased respiration, and maybe some quivering muscles. In this space we find adaptation. Beyond physical. The psychological impact of CrossFit is often unseen to the outsider. This provides the confidence to live, to continue to pursue. To go for the new job, to try a new thing like a marathon, to hike a mountain, to attempt a handstand. It gives you back something you didn’t know you had lost, life. #cfqda #coach #personaltrainer #live #discomfort #improvedaily #comfortablewithbeinguncomfortable #pursueexcellence