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Category: Goal Crushing

It’s Just Like Burpees

Why would anyone ever smile after doing burpees?

That’s the question I asked myself as I walked to my car after finishing a 500-burpee workout. Woof.

It was rough. I was soaked in sweat and my arms were still trembling thirty minutes later from the work.

But I was all smiles as I walked out of the gym Saturday morning because I was proud of myself for doing that awful work – especially when going into it, I was questioning whether I could.

How to Set – and CRUSH – Big Goals

How do you set a big goal and just smash the shit out of it?

You’ve got to have accountability. Every big dream, every big goal that you set requires accountability in order to reach it.

So, let’s break this down.

A big goal you may have for this year is that you want to get a ton stronger. That’s not really specific. Maybe you want to get a little stronger. Maybe a ton stronger. What’s the difference in those two? If you don’t set a specific goal, you cannot have anything to aim at.

Action Trumps Perfection

Why do so many of us fall into the lie of waiting for a “perfect” time?

It’s as if we’re waiting to believe we suddenly receive inspiration, like an epiphany that comes to us. In all reality, we find inspiration by taking action and moving forward. Just like a snowball slowly rolls until it builds into an avalanche, so must we start out by moving forward.

This week’s message shares that even if it’s not perfect, starting with something always beats waiting on perfection.

Who Says You’re Not Ready?

Who writes your permission slip?

I remember when I was in school the permission slip was the key to getting out of class (and occasionally escaping boredom!). Sometimes you got a doctor’s note, sometimes the counselor would help you sneak out of class, and a few times the principal would give you the pass. You needed that slip to do anything outside of sit in class and learn. Your parents, teachers, & administration “controlled” the slip, and therefore controlled a part of you.

For some reason, as we grew older, we continued to act like someone has a pen and holds our permission slip. As if we can’t do anything without obtaining their permission first. We sit in neutral, choosing not to chase a dream because we don’t know if we have the permission to. We stay in a job we hate and in an environment that stifles growth because we don’t feel like we have the permission and right to make a change. It’s as if we are unable to give ourselves permission to make a change.

Chris Brogan is a big proponent of giving yourself permission. He writes,

“Permission is about claiming your crown. You can choose what you want to do next. You can choose how you respond. You can decide that now is a great time to get strong.” (Seeking Permission).

In other words, why do we wait for someone else to give us permission to do something that only we can do?

  • Who are we waiting to approve our choice to pursue a goal?
  • Who signs off the paperwork to make a life change?
  • And who have we given power to do decide how we can and cannot live?

Chris once asked me – who gave me permission to start Compete? The answer was simple – me. I made the choice. I acted. I gave myself permission to succeed or fail in the pursuit of this goal. If I waited on someone else to give that permission, I would have never started. I would have constantly sought approval from others who don’t have the power to give me what I needed.

I’ll ask again, who writes your permission slip? If the answer isn’t you, you’ve given the pen to the wrong person.

I challenge you today to take it back. To claim your crown. And for you – and only you – to decide what to do next. It’s your life, Compete for it.

Stopping After 18 Minutes

There is a funny quote on Instagram that goes through every CrossFitter’s head during the course of a 20-minute, “as-many-reps-as-possible” workout. It goes:

  • 0:25 – 1st round under 30 seconds, I’m going to kill this workout
  • 1:15 – started too fast, can’t breathe
  • 5:00 – where is the chalk bucket?
  • 10:00 – half way? Screw my life..
  • 15:00 – that damn clock is broken..
  • 18:00 – coach is watching, keep moving, don’t die.
  • 20:00 – oh thank goodness
  • 25:00 (5 minutes post-workout): that wasn’t too bad, I could’ve gotten another round

Every person I’ve showed that to who has experienced a 20-minute workout like this immediately laughs. They know the feeling. They remember wanting to absolutely die during the workout. They remember staring in disbelief that it’s only been 10-minutes of the 20 minute workout. And they all remember the thoughts in their head of quitting.

The thoughts that at minute 16:00 say, “you can stop now, just slow down.” Or perhaps the ones at minute 18:00 encouraging you to pack it in early. Seriously, you just poured yourself out for 18 minutes and you’d honestly consider quitting with 120 seconds left?

That’s like picking up the football at your own 1-yard-line, juking the entire defense twice, and then laying down at the opponents two-yard-line, just short of a touchdown because you got “tired.” Of course you wouldn’t do that. You’d dive into the endzone having received your goal.

Same applies to life.