Revisiting your Goals: Why You are Here

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As you are all well aware, the CrossFit Open for 2018 has come to a close and so for many of us, that means our CrossFit season is over. The Open is great because in some ways it “forces” you to do movements that you normally scale, or a weight that seems too challenging. The Open pushes you (sometimes violently) out of your comfort zone to where your habits and routines are left in your rearview mirror.

And how does this make you feel? Nervous? Excited? Anxious? Angry? All of the above? We feel that way because we are about to be tested, and that test will reveal something about us. Sometimes we think we are working toward something, but when an event like the Open occurs, it is a spotlight on the fact that maybe we have been acting more habitually than hungry.

I’m not trying to crap all over habits (especially healthy ones!) but how often do you associate excitement, drive, and determination with the word ‘routine’? Probably not often… probably more like never.

That, my friend, is because an empty habit is the beginning of a slippery slope called complacency. I am not the first person to say this (and hopefully I will not be last): complacency kills. Not in like an axe murderer type of way, but it is the death of whatever you have grown complacent in. Complacency is indicative of stagnation, and just like a stagnant body of water, there’s not a lot of growth going on there (besides bacteria). I don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. I would like to think that there is always something we want to grow or improve upon.

What are you growing towards? Have you forgotten? Travel back in time with me to why you joined CFDP. Why are you here? What did you hope to obtain? Maybe you wanted to be fitter. Maybe you wanted to challenge yourself by learning something new. Maybe you wanted to improve mobility and range of motion. Maybe you wanted to make friends and be part of a community. Whatever it was, at some point, you got bored and you stopped working towards what your sight was set on.

And why? Why would we stop working toward something that we wanted? The truth – because it is hard. It is uncomfortable. It is humbling.  All of which are difficult items to undergo on a daily basis. But let me ask you this – would you rather everything be easy? When tasks are easy, where is the challenge and the fun in that? Where is the satisfaction and gratification?

Coming soon to CFDP is a new Goals Board, and I challenge you to reexamine what it is you want to achieve being a part of this community. Here are a few tips when setting your goals:

  1. Pick something that excites you or makes you happy
  2. Choose goals that are measurable and that can be achieved in 6 months or less
  3. Create a plan, or identify your next step to reach goal
  4. Be realistic (ie – don’t set a goal that is too aggressive – it’s discouraging and you are less likely to stick to it)

So there it is. The gauntlet has been thrown. Let’s reinvigorate the hunger that made us take the leap in the first place. Let’s have fun and crush our goals in the process.