Excellence, Perfection, and Getting Out of Your Own Way
We all have a drive to be better at something. It’s hardwired into us as human beings. We want to be stronger, faster, smarter, or better in some aspect of our lives. We want more, we want to advance and grow, the only difference is how we channel that drive. Some focus on their career and become experts in their field, some focus on their wealth and just want to be rich, and others focus on their athletic ability.
The majority of us don’t “focus”, necessarily. We just try to be as good as we can in all aspects of our lives and continually try to improve where we can. Unsurprisingly, that usually means we aren’t going to see the leaps and bounds achievements in the gym we might see other people obtaining. Even if we’ve gotten it through our head that we aren’t running someone else’s race and we’re only competing against ourselves, that same drive which pushes us to go to the gym in the first place can get in our way and trip us up.
We are our own worst critic. Artists run into it all the time, they’ll paint a wonderful portrait or draw a great picture, only to be unhappy with it and continually fiddle with what everyone else already recognizes as a finished product. Crossfit is no different.
“It doesn’t matter that I finally broke parallel…my knees were in.”
“Yea, I did just PR…but I’m still not ready for the event!”
Ok ok…sure, acknowledge that your form was off a bit. That’s the only way you’re going to fix your form, but you finally broke parallel on the squat, too! Yea, I know, we want to be at our prime for events. We want to be the best we possibly can, but sometimes we get so caught up in where we want to end up (and consistently keep pushing that destination farther back…) that we forget to celebrate the victories along the way. It’s important to have goals, but it’s just as important to acknowledge our excellence while we’re working our way to perfection.
To be the best versions of ourselves, that’s our mission. CrossFit isn’t about being the greatest in the world, it’s about fighting chronic diseases and being great movers. It’s not about having washboard abs and a nice butt, it’s about possessing a range of abilities many people have lost over the years. It’s about a better quality of life and a healthier lifestyle. You’ve put in the hard work, you’ve come so far, and you’re in a state of excellence! So while you’re pursuing that perfect lift or perfect squat, don’t forget to get out of your own way and remember just how badass you really are right now!