THE BOARD

The board is always a topic of conversation when it comes to CrossFit and the INFERNO. In the beginning, Coach Glassman said that he included the leaderboard into his workouts because it pulled more out of each person. It's much harder to stop and give up when there are others pushing hard next to you. And most will push extra for one more rep on the board. Many of you will walk into your class and look at the board to see what this person got or that person got or even just to see how many rounds you can expect to get done. All of these uses are totally appropriate. It's good to have your "rabbits" so you can push yourself. It can be the thing that even gets us into the gym when we really don't want to go. But in the big picture, do people really care what you get? Nope. I'm the coach and I don't even care! I mean I see the board as a metric to see how the program is going for the group, to see if there are some that are having good days and bad days so that I can congratulate or check in with them, but most of all its a blip of data on a big picture graph of fitness. So what do you get if you beat everyone on the board? Nothing. What do you get if you put an RX next to your name? Nothing. What happens when someone beats you in the workout? Nothing. But what happens when you "creatively count" your reps and your score? I'm not talking the wod-drunk brain where you lose count of a few reps here and there. I'm talking about if you intentionally cut reps out. And yes everyone knows when you do it. First, you hurt the whole point of the board which is to make each person proud of the job they have done and foster self-confidence. Not because you beat them, but because the integrity of the board has been messed with. Next, "no one cares if you win, but everyone cares if you cheat". We are a group, a team, and when you cheat or lie to get the top score, you cut yourself from the team. You won't get high-fives because people won't congratulate that. The object of the board is for you to push your best for that day, to be proud of the job you did (whether its RX or not or the best score or not), to bring the team together showing that we are all doing this stuff together and to chart your progress and your fitness as you train. It's a tool, not a competition. No one cares if you win, but everyone cares if you cheat:)

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PAST AND FUTURE

PAST AND FUTURE

C.S. Lewis once said, "You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending." It's an interesting comment from an author whose job is to take you on the journey in a story from start to finish guiding your every move. But before he had The Chronicles of Narnia or his other books blow up, he struggled. He made mistakes. We all have. There are so many things, and I'm talking about big things, that I wish I could go back in time and redo, or fix, or not mess up on, but I can't. All I can do is start from right here at this moment and at this exact location, and move forward. The hard part with moving forward is trying to get over the mistake you made. You want to think about them but the only way you can make the corrections is to really look at them and analyze them. You need to get as much information from them as you can so that you have more tools to work with and can move from that spot to a better place. Which means that you need to spend time looking at some of the possibly worst times of your life and mull them over in your head, extracting all the important facts. And this is the key, you are looking for FACTS. Many of our mistakes have been smeared with emotional stuff and then its really tough to see the facts. We are so concerned about looking bad, or being the victim, that we never get to the actual info. You need to sit down and look at the whole thing. See all the sides. Try to understand all the angles and now that you aren't in the heat of battle, extract all the stuff you can from it. Then use THIS to move forward. There are always lessons to be learned. There are always things we can do better. There will always be those things we messed up on. But instead of crushing yourself over and over about the past, gather all the information and make the future better. You can't change the past. Don't waste time or energy even trying. But you can change the future. Put your energies into learning, growing and making the next steps better!! :)

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THE LIST

I saw a post the other day by Justin Su'a that said, "Struggle promotes growth. Failure is feedback. Adversity forges strength. Losing is an opportunity to learn. Setbacks set up comebacks." At first, I was thinking, dang Justin...ok we get it. We hear these phrases all the time. And usually, we hear just as a single statement. But what got me on this one was the fact that he kept going with the statements. And I laughed because I felt like he was describing my world right now. Lots of struggles. Sure no one likes struggle but that's honestly how life is. It's not one failure and then you hit the mothership of success. Its fail, after fail, after fail, and hopefully, learn, after learn, after learn. There will be many issues, roadblocks, failures, adversities, etc that will jump right into your face. And I mean even every day. You need to change your view of "non"-success. Wins are much less frequent that loses so we can't fear losing or failing. That being said, I HATE to lose or to fail, but if you can change your mindset on what it is then you can make it a positive thing. Use the things you learn from them. Use the drive you get from having things not handed to you. Use the experience you got so that you don't make those mistakes again and you will be many steps ahead of where you have ever been before! So what that post from Us'a told me was this: the list of bumps will be long and I will get up every single time from them because that's just what you have to do to make it. Don't keep a running total of how many non-successes there are. It's not important. Just keep getting back up, every time. When that is your normal, then success will happen. :)

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ONE MORE STEP

Success is just one more step past failure. There will ALWAYS be more failures than successes when you are on your journey to wherever or to whatever you are trying to accomplish. Because if this, you can't shy away from failure. It's how and where you learn so that you can achieve. And as much as no one wants to fail, or lose, or mess up, or fall short, they have to be seen as steps towards what you want. Take the information you get from them and use it to advance and do better than the last time. Your big win can literally be one step away from where you are right now!! :)

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FALSE TRUTH

No one is perfect. And we never want to look bad but the problem is when we come up with these stories to try to make us look ok, or try to make others look bad so we look good and then we believe the false stories. The only way you will be able to improve yourself is to take ownership of the crap that you do. Don't take a fragment of a statement or an element of a period of time, and then fabricate some other false reality to hide behind. Own up to it. Be an adult. It doesn't matter how loud you say it. If it's false, then it's false. You can only believe your own shit for so long until you lose your own reality. Be an adult and own up to the things you do.

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