At CrossFit Reformation, we are all here for different reasons. We come from different backgrounds and different walks of life. The one thing we all have in common is that we want to push ourselves to be better than we once were. Today, I would like to give five key points that will help you reach that goal.
1. Love others. In a world full of discouragement, loss and disappointment, our box should be an uplifting place. Cherish the skills and talents of your fellow athletes. Don’t be the person that is jealous because you can’t do something, but instead, be motivated to improve. Always remember that everyone started at the bottom and had to work their way up, and we all exceed in different areas. Instead of telling yourself that the skills of other athletes are beyond your reach, learn from those athletes. Introduce yourself, tell them what an amazing job they’re doing, and, if you’re feeling brave, ask for some advice! Even the most seasoned athlete appreciates encouragement. On the flip side, don’t be the person that overlooks others that aren’t “on your level.” Don’t forget where you once were and all the encouragement and hard work it took to get to where you are. Be a cheerleader for everyone.
2. Be proactive. Think about who you want to be and what you want to achieve and then tell yourself to take the steps to get there. If you think about the big picture, will you dread going to the gym or argue with yourself about going if you know it will improve so many areas of your life? Wake up each morning and tell yourself that today is going to be a little better than yesterday. Believe it. When you have the chance to run an extra mile or do an extra set of squats, do them!
3. Remember how blessed you are. Know that you are blessed with ability and drive to do something not a lot of people are taking advantage of. You have potential that some only wish they could have. Use those blessings for good. Maximize the potential you’ve been given. Ask yourself if you are taking your health and skills for granted, or if you are pushing yourself to utilize them. You never know how quickly they can be taken away.
4. Remember that things change. Many of our athletes are former high school and collegiate athletes, one who even competed on a professional level, who may feel a little displaced without a coach, a team, a practice schedule, and pre-game jitters. Take transitions slowly and give yourself grace. Life is full of twists and turns, and remembering to embrace and enjoy the present will greatly impact your future.
5. Don’t give up when it’s hard. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” -Elna Baker