Progress Over Perfection
If you know me, you know that I’m a really introspective person. I relish deep conversation and thrive off of challenging dialect that tests my progress, and my perception. I am in my mid 20’s and can’t tell you enough about the importance of self-growth, and self-evaluation, especially during this age bracket. This bracket is unique because of extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting the psyche of people my age. Social Media is filled with posts of “successful” and “happy” people. Friends are settling down and living what looks like a happy love life. Friends and family are constantly asking me what’s next. Am I going to take another job? Am I going to move? Am I going back to get my Master’s Degree? How come I don’t have a girlfriend? Why don’t I see you out on the weekends? My favorite one, why do you workout so much? I am a very self-aware person and know my strengths and weaknesses. I know that what I’m doing might be skeptical from a financial stand-point, but these are things that take time. These are things, like fitness, that take time and progress to figure out. Sometimes, things get figured out on the first try, other times, it’s a marathon.
We, as people need to be more patient. We need to be patient in our business, and in our fitness. We need to continue to work hard on the daily, and continue to be patient in the macro. We need to trust the process of fitness, and trust the process of getting better at our weaknesses. We need to stop taking shortcuts. We need to stop complaining about where our fitness isn’t at, and put our head down and work. We need to stop having excuses, and start being grateful for having fitness in our lives. We need to stop living our lives for the weekends and for vacations. We need to stop blowing our money on booze, Coachella, and other materialistic items that provide no value to us besides outside perception. We need to start having the humility to listen, and let the fitness professionals in our lives guides us to better fitness. We need to understand that these fitness professionals care about you, and your athletic journey. We need to understand that coaching is a very extroverted profession, and sometimes it can be mentally draining giving so much to other people all the time.
Crossfit means something different to every individual. Some use Crossfit as escapism, some use Crossfit for competition, and some use Crossfit because it’s all they have outside of work. I implore us all, do not take for granted what we really have. Stop complaining, stop having excuses, and start or continue to be grateful to have fitness in our lives. We have one life. We do not know when our time is up. We all do not know when we will have our last workout, or our last interaction with a friend or loved one. But, what we do know is that if we live our life with purpose and gratitude we will win. If we live our life and do what we love every day we will be much happier. And, if we incorporate some sort of fitness majority of the week and eat nutritious food we will be much healthier. At the end of the day, our perception equals our reality. Progress over Perfection.