“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.