Hiding from your weaknesses

“Hiding from your weaknesses is a recipe for incapacity and error.” –Coach Glassman

We have all heard the term “Cherry Picking”.  Unfortunately, I have been guilty of this from time to time.  We all like being good at something and that is one of the beautiful things about CF, we all get a chance to experience success from time to time… be it heavy lifting, gymnastic movements, or maybe a run thrown into a WOD.  I personally hate double unders, ring dips, muscle ups (because I can’t do them), and I am not a huge fan of the snatch.  Now give me a heavy kettle bell, and ask me to run, I would be happier than a pig in shit.  Bottom line, we all like being successful…it feels good.

For me, Coach Glassman’s quote was applicable in and out of the CrossFit gym.  I work really hard to not hide from my weaknesses in CrossFit. I know the minute I stop working on my double under, or give up on my squat snatch, it will be the first thing pulled out of the hopper at my next competition. How am I doing in my personal life?  Why do we sell ourselves short in our life gym?  It could be as simple as learning how to drive a manual transmission, or maybe something a little more difficult like learning a new language or reading a book that is a little dry but would defiantly teach us a thing or two.  Maybe you really want to take that trip, buy that property, or even explore a new career field. What is it that stops us from being our very best?  I would say the easy answer is time, the one thing everyone doesn’t have enough off.  However, I think the true reason is fear. What is the best way to confront fear?  Well, I would say you make it not scary.  Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I find it a little scary to cook a turkey.  My Mom has always been in charge of the bird, what if I over cook it, what it if doesn’t taste good? I guess if I over cook it, I will have more room for dessert, and I will learn and do better next time.

I challenge you to challenge yourself, try new things, learn something new and remove the scary from the unknown. 

You might be surprised how great you are.

One thought on “Hiding from your weaknesses

  1. Mom

    I think your bird turned out—didn’t it! I knew you could do it! As with most things in life, “You’ll never know if you don’t try!” Honestly, I think we all can do anything we really want to, if, we set our minds to it. The key may be the true desire to achieve a goal, if, indeed we have set it as a goal?

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