As a type A, want it yesterday, must be the best kind of person, I naturally was attracted to CrossFit. I love the competition, I love the full lifestyle that it promotes, I love that for a moment the world stops and I am facing myself in an epic battle, I love that every time I leave the gym I feel like it was the hardest thing I have ever done. I knew I would get stronger, I knew I would challenge myself but what I did not anticipate is that I would learn how to live life better from CrossFit. This past Saturday Jere and I went to an all-day CrossFit improvement seminar. Of course we focused on mobility, weight lifting, form running and gymnastics, but we also talked about goals. You know how I feel about goals, but what Leo, the owner of CrossFit Evolution shared with us was a unique perspective. Here is how I interpreted it:
Leo shared his goals with us and he had to take his phone out of his pocket and read them to remember number amounts and times. I thought…..”hum, that’s different” I know my goals by heart…I read them almost everyday. But Leo doesn’t, he doesn’t even know them off the top of his head. He told us it’s not the goal itself that matters, it is the journey. WHOA! What? Never heard that before in my goal coaching, self-help anything, but it makes sense. Here it is; if you are so focused on the end result what are you doing to get there? What are you doing everyday (the journey) to get there. You need a plan, you will need to sacrifice something and you need to be disciplined enough to do it every single day. The journey is about learning, keeping it fun is also a key to actually making it happen. Like a 5 year old learning to ride a bike. The 5 year old isn’t walking around with a goal board telling everyone that in exactly 3weeks from now he is going to ride a bike. No everyday he is on that bike, one day he takes the training wheels off, the next week he’s riding 10 feet without falling, the next month he can do a turn. Small wins. He probably got hurt a few times but the fun of riding a bike outweighed the uncomfortable growing pains and he kept moving forward. That’s how we need to view our goals. As a fun journey with a few bumps in the road.
|No bike picture so this is me riding a train.|