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So What Are You Waiting For?

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Barbell snatch: Fittest Games, Austin Texas

What are you waiting for? That barbell is not going to just pick itself up. And that weight is not going to just get lighter by lying there. That stack of paperwork on your desk is not just going to disappear. That relationship with your spouse is not going to improve if you don’t work at it. That dream career of yours is not just going to fall in your lap. So what are you waiting for?

Why aren’t you getting after it right now like this morning’s workout? I’m as guilty as anyone else of letting my excuses pile up. “It’s my ADHD that keeps me popping from task to Facebook…from task to Twitter…from task to, well anything but the task.” But that’s just an excuse. And it’s not getting me any closer to where I want to be. In CrossFit, we push ourselves each day to get better. But sometimes the heavy weight discourages us. We get tired of struggling with a certain lift like overhead squats or muscle ups. We consider avoiding the Box on the days those lifts pop up on the WOD. But how are we going to get any better if we don’t work on the things we struggle with most? We aren’t going to magically wake up one morning and be able to pound out 5 muscle-ups unbroken.

That’s not how things work. We have to spend time building up our strength, mobility, and cardio in areas that specifically help us with the lifts that cause us the most frustration.

Life’s the same way. Most of us aspire to be in a different line of work, doing something we love instead of something that just pays bills in the interim. But are we doing anything in our down time, our nights, and on our weekends to put ourselves closer? Even if it’s one small task each day, that’s one step closer than you were yesterday, seven steps closer than you were last week.

No one’s stopping you from your dream job or life except you and that pile of distractions and excuses you allow to linger nearby. Treat your goals as you would that elusive muscle up. Work on it every chance you get. Each bit of free time is an opportunity to improve. It takes hustle, heart, and dedication, but then again so does CrossFit. Every time you step into the Box for a WOD, you’re also learning how to better your life outside the Box. There’s no one stopping you from where you want your life to be and no better time than right now to start working to get there.

Nothing will be handed to you, you’ve got to compete for what you want in life. So what are you waiting for?

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