Today is our 7th anniversary! As I mentioned yesterday, we have grown from humble beginnings. People often ask what it's like to start your own business. The best analogy is not mine. It's like learning to fly and building the plane on the way down.
I established this daily blog from the very first day and wrote about ideas, methods, strategies and tactics to help us all improve our lifestyle, physical and mental health. To celebrate our seventh year, I'm revisiting some of my favorite blogs. I hope you enjoy this one.
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail?"
My dad asked me that question several years ago, and it planted the seed of owning my own CrossFit Affiliate.
Until then, I had assumed that I would continue in public service until I retired. It was the path I set upon when I finished active duty in the Marines. I figured I'd work for the government for 30 years. I never, ever, ever, thought I would own a business. I dreamed of it, but never thought I would be good enough, or I wouldn't hustle enough, or I wouldn't be smart enough. I wouldn't be enough.
I put many barriers in front of my dream. I allowed myself to fail before I ever even tried. Have you ever done this to yourself?
I have the great privilege and pleasure of watching you all do amazing things in the gym. On the flip side, I hear many of you talk yourself out of greatness before you even try. "It's too heavy," "I'm not in good enough shape," "I can't do it that way." Really. How do you know these things?
You, my friend, are 20% stronger than you think you are! You are capable of way more, and the only way to find out what you're really made of is to set yourself free from mental slavery. Really, I'm not just quoting Bob Marley for fun.
The most profound adaption to CrossFit occurs between the ears. It's not your heart & lungs, muscles, and bones that get stronger. It's your resolve, your mettle. You have an incredible opportunity, every day you're at the gym, so see what you can do. To see what you can lift, pull, how high you can jump, how fast you can row or run. Where else in our lives do we have such freedom to explore our innate awesomeness? Free your mind, allow yourself to go "there." Be an explorer on the terrific journey to see what kind of person you really are. I can tell you, from where I stand, I see greatness.
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