By Kristin Steinmetz
We are always saying that the lessons learned in the box will eventually lend themselves to your everyday life. Never has that been truer than during this process of opening our own affiliate.
It starts with the hardest decision: JUST DO IT. Whether it’s going in for your first trial or making it into that 7:30pm class when all you want to do is curl up on the couch after a long day, I always say that getting your butt into action is the hardest part. There are two types of people: do-ers and say-ers. I don’t like to hear people saying things like, “I’ve always wanted to do that”. You are the only person who has the power to turn your ideas and dreams into reality. Taking that giant leap to simply DECIDE to move forward and try to open our own box was our first and hardest step.
Next, keep going when it seems there is nothing but roadblocks in your way. In CrossFit, there will always be those movements that you hate to see in a workout. Do you just lie down and let the clock tick away? And there are a million reasons to stop coming altogether: you were out for 3 weeks with a sore back, work is keeping you too busy, the kids prefer you to put them to bed. Does that mean you give up? We could’ve given up every time we were told “no” or were forced to readjust our plans. We have had to come up with so many alternate plans, forget about Plan B, we’re on Plan Z. But you figure out how to make it work…if it’s worth the struggle.
Don’t let the nay-sayers get in your head. My next blog is about comparing yourself to others. Personally, I do far too much of it inside and outside of the box. It’s helpful to look towards others for inspiration and motivation, but when that turns into negativity and feelings of inadequacy, you have to turn it OFF. There will always be someone more experienced, someone more naturally talented, someone who has fancier Nanos and a better beard! But they are on their journey and you are on yours. If you are setting goals and putting in the work to get there, keep those blinders on and you will reap the benefits of your labor.
Remembering the WHY! At the end of the day, what is all the hard work for? As a result of those grueling WODs and brutal lifting sessions, are you living your better life? Are you happier and healthier? Does the good outweigh the bad and the end justify the means? Only you can answer that.
So we’ll keep enduring our zoning boards and construction decisions, equipment orders and training courses, the doubts from our critics, and ourselves. And we’ll balance it with the thought of YOUR smiles, goals set, PRs accomplished, and fears overcome.
For us, if we can improve as coaches, learn from those in front of us, inspire those behind us, and put the needs of each of our members first, then it will all be worth it. That’s our “why”.