I am 45 years old.
For most people, this circumstance is an excuse to let themselves go physically.
They will say things like, “Well, I’ll never be as fit as I was in high school.”
For some reason, our culture has convinced us that age is an excuse to stop trying.
This is bull!
I’m in the best shape of my life. And that’s saying something, considering I was a prolific athlete in my high school and college years.
My abs, my back, my arms….well, I’ve never look this good!
And it’s because I discovered the discipline of CrossFit.
Here’s three things that CrossFit taught me about achieving goals:
1. “The ultimate reason for setting goals is to entice you to become the type of person it takes to achieve them.”That’s a quote from Jim Rohn.
Until I completely dedicated myself to mastering health and fitness, I didn’t really understand what this quote meant. Now I do.
The greatest reward in achieving a difficult goal isn’t crossing the finish line….it’s knowing that you are capable of crossing any finish line.
Confidence spills over into other areas of your life, and you become unstoppable.
If I would have told my friends and family ten years ago that I would soon be a successful entrepreneur, they would have laughed at me. Not anymore!
Discipline, like reading, is a skill that transforms the student by making other things suddenly possible. And, just like reading, it can be learned. The workouts are just what you see on the surface… CrossFit has taught me the life-changing power of discipline.
2. Your Mind Will Always Give Up Before Your Body Does.I’ve suffered through some hellish sports practices (most notably the muggy summer football camps). I know what it means to work hard.
But CrossFit has taught me what my body is truly capable of.
They say that one of the goals of the infamous “Hell Week” training for Navy SEALS is to teach the soldiers that their minds will always surrender before their bodies do.
I’ve never been a Navy SEAL, but Crossfit has given me a glimpse of this truth.
When you’re fighting through a WOD that seems impossible, it’s easy to give up. And that’s when it comes in handy to have a coach (that’s me!) who refuses to let you give up.
My job as a CrossFit coach is to care more about our athletes’ success than they do. When they want to give up, I refuse to let them. 99% of the time, it’s purely psychological. Their minds aren’t used to tolerating the physical stress of a difficult WOD, and so they convinced themselves that their body can’t handle it.
Of course, this is bull.
I teach all of our athletes here at Bar Path Crossfit that their bodies are capable of much more than they can imagine. Their mind will always give up first.
While you can’t magically push or pull an unlimited amount of weight, you canpush your mind beyond its perceived limits. Your body is capable of more than you think.
According to the Greek philosopher Socrates, “It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
Before I taught this lesson to our athletes, I had to learn it myself.
3. The Incredible Power Of Consistency(Even If You Feel Like You’ve Tried Everything Else And Nothing Has Worked)Fitness is a great teaching tool for all other areas of life.
I can’t think of a simple discipline or skill that can’t be improved with enhanced consistency. Whether it’s your son or daughter’s math grades, learning to play the piano, or learning a new language, consistency is almost always the difference between success and failure.
Most people quit new projects because they think it’s not working. They get frustrated trying to learn a new skill, and they quit before they reach the finish line. “This isn’t working” they tell themselves.
The truth is that they are not working.
Trust me, there is no better way to cultivate the skill of consistency than Crossfit. Consistency will change your life. When you learn how to show up and face your fears, even when you don’t want to, it will transform every area of your life.
There’s a reason many gyms recommend 3x week sessions, but Crossfit is designed for daily workouts. Magic happens when you embrace consistency.
In summary, the life lessons I’ve learned from Crossfit are worth 100x what I’ve paid for the actual workouts.
Being in incredible shape is just an added bonus!