“We are who we are, and that’s ok”
Not a very “profound” statement right? Yet it seems to be a thought that very few of us are capable of mastering. Too often when we attempt something, in or out of the gym, we let someone else’s performance or actions dictate the way we react to our accomplishments. We become super critical of our own performance. And, while expecting greatness has its place, the expectation of greatness and the negative effects of those thoughts can be devastating.
Imagine never celebrating your “pr” because the person next to you had a higher number. Imagine being disappointed after every WOD because you didn’t come in first. Imagine never being happy with anything you did because you thought someone, somewhere, may or may not have done it better. That way of thinking leads us to being constantly unhappy with our performance, which in turn, will most likely lead us to quitting what we are doing.
News flash, there may always be someone that might do something “better”. But they will never be you. You are who you are, and that’s great!
Celebrate your accomplishments for what they are, your accomplishments. Whether it was a five pound pr, or one minute off of your fourteen minute Fran time, ring the freakin gong and celebrate it! It’s yours, and you earned it. You put in the sweat, the work, the time, and not anyone else so “they” aren’t part of this discussion, just you are.
If we all were to put in as much effort being positive about our achievements, rather than negative, I promise you that we would all see a dramatic shift in our outcomes. If we rang the gong more often, we’d get to ring the gong more often. We would start to build on our successes no matter how small or large and realize that they all add up to the sum that is us. The total that makes us who we are.
So ring the gong and celebrate who you are and what you’ve accomplished and others will celebrate with you. I think you’ll find it contagious, and you will soon realize that the future looks so much brighter and fun knowing that, you are who you are and you are awesome!
-ACF Coach Jake Harpole
Squat clean: 8 x 2 @ 70% 1RM
WOD: For time:
21 Deadlifts (225/155 lbs)
7 Wall walks
5 Wall walks
3 Wall walks
Post WOD Mobility: Lacrosse ball or foam roller smash to lower back, then,
QL stretch, 2 minutes each
Lift: Bench press + 25% band and 25% chain, heavy single
Open WODs will run from 3:00 to 4:30. Cheerleaders welcome!