I am nearly finished with our Fall Check-ins and I am so excited by what I'm hearing from almost everyone. It seems our gym is filled with happy people who care more about consistency, community and effort rather than perfection, ego and outcomes. I can tell you that hearing our athletes say that they want to focus on consistency before all else makes us Coaches want to do backflips!
Consistency always trumps perfection. Consistency is more than just the daily grind. It's realizing that one missed gym day, one non-macro balanced meal, one too many beers, or a crappy night of sleep is not going to derail you and send you down the, "Oh What the Hell" rabbit hole.
Consistency is making a series of small decisions that continue to push the needle in the direction of your goal. Consistency is knowing that you can always make a different choice for your next meal, your next day, your next anything!
Consistency creates momentum and momentum creates motivation. Lots of people erroneously believe that motivation must precede success. It's actually the other way around. Success creates motivation. Think about it, when you are starting something new, a small success feels so good that you want to continue. This is true for everything in life. All you need is one small win, then another, then another, string together a bunch of consistent small wins and you're on your way baby!
Sure the perfect day is alluring and something for which we all occasionally strive. However, you're much more likely to achieve that perfect day after you've achieved a string of 80% consistent days.
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WOW! What a wild ride we are all on. Stress from an uncertain election, uncertain COVID future, uncertain jobs, uncertain schooling, uncertain everything. I know my stress is at an all time high.
Yesterday, I was on the verge on tears as I prepped for my workout. By the end of my training session I was sweaty, happy, and felt like I could handle whatever life punched me with next.
If you're feeling like me, here's some helpful advice from Reese Oxner at NPR.
Election Got You Stressed? You're Not Alone — Here's 5 Ways To Deal With It
by Reese Oxner
Sometimes the anticipation of a thing is worse than the actual thing. You may spend hours, days, week obsessing and over analyzing what to say or what to do, and when it comes time do actually doing the thing, you're exhausted. That's because you've worked yourself up over something that you can easily control.
I sometimes do this when I'm at the gym. Yesterday, during McGhee, is a good example. I was in the first 5 minutes of a 30 min AMRAP and freaking out because it's already hard and I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the entire workout.
Worrying about the future is called anxiety, and anxiety does us absolutely no good. We can't predict the future, we can only control ourselves right now. You have no idea whether the thing you want to do in the future, e.g. compete in an event, have a difficult conversation, attempt a 1 rep max, etc. will be successful or not. There are thousands of factors that can influence the outcome. However, there is one thing for sure, one hundred precent, you unequivocally have control over and that is your thoughts and actions.
If you worry and allow yourself to go into the dark hole of "what if," you will certainly stress yourself out. Your stomach will hurt, your hormones will get out of whack, and you will probably have a difficult time with that thing when it finally arrives.
If you control your thoughts by recognizing that they are just things and are not the truth, then that thing in the future might not be so big and scary. Your thoughts are like clouds, just a thing that comes and goes. Just because you think something doesn't make it true. This holds for negative and positive thoughts.
You can help achieve a positive outcome of future events by focusing on your actions, your words and letting go of your thoughts. If you have anxiety about a thing, take 10 deep breaths then visualize yourself successfully doing that thing.
When you're faced with doing something difficult, lean in. Take some deep breaths, let go of the worry about "what if," do the work and you might be surprised at how fantastic you feel when you finally get to that difficult thing. Good luck!
The Four Agreements
As part of our personal and professional development, all of the True Spirit CrossFit coaches read one leadership book a quarter. A couple of years ago we read The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.
I have read and re-read this book many times. It is one of my favorites for actionable personal and professional development. It's just 4 steps and will show you the difference between easy and simple. The Four Agreements are simple and not easy.
The past three #mentaltoughness Thursdays I have reviewed the agreements. Today I explore the final and simplest of all four: DO YOUR BEST.
Practice makes the master. The more you practice something, the better you will become. Doing your best at the beginning of a new skill, be it the Four Agreements or snatching, will look very different than when you've practiced for a few weeks, months or years.
Doing your best is not just giving up and saying, "Hey! I tried!" It means doing, not trying.
Doing your best also means forgiving yourself of your mistakes and learning from them. We learn more from our failure than our success. So if you've practiced the agreements and fell short on two, examine why it didn't go so well and do better next time.
Living your life with the four agreements takes constant daily, or in my case, minute by minute practice. I do my best and when I fail I examine what I could have done better. Usually I violate the second agreement, I take things personally. Having this self awareness helps me notice when I've taken something personally. Then I try to be impeccable with my word. See how all of these agreements fit together?
Don Miguel Ruiz describes doing your best this way:
Always do your best is the agreement that everybody can do. Your best is, in fact, the only thing you can do. And the best you can do doesn’t mean that sometimes you give 80 percent and other times you just give 20 percent. You’re always giving 100 percent — that’s always your intention — it’s just that your best is always changing. From one moment to the next, you are never the same. You are alive and changing all the time, and your best is also changing from one moment to the next.
Perhaps Master Yoda said it best, "Do or do not. There is no try."
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