I love competition. I thrive on competition. That’s why I love CrossFit. We’re all competitors. We compete against our neighbor. We compete against our waistline. We compete against the clock. We compete against our friend who consistently kicks our butt in the daily WOD. Each one of us fighting after the words “3..2..1…GO!” echo in...
I had the pleasure of watching the CrossFit Games South Central Regionals two weeks ago in Tomball, Texas, with the members of Dallas’ CrossFit Strong. During workout 4 of the team competitions, one of the girls on the Strong team smashed her face on the pull-up bar. Like really smashed her face – bloody, broken nose and all. Instead of stopping, the competitor came off the bar, grabbed a towel to stop the bleeding and got back into position to help her team with the 250 kettlebell swings. One of her teammates ripped up his shirt so she could plug her nose and keep going for the remainder of the workout. It was amazing to watch. When it ended, multiple friends went up to her and told her that not only was her performance amazing, but they asked her how she kept going when they would have quit.
Her response was simple – “Quit? The thought never even crossed my mind.”
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?
It’s just one hour.
Day in and day out we enter our Box to push ourselves after the words “3…2…1…go!”
We break limits that we thought our bodies could not handle or overcome.
Sometimes we push ourselves for 3 minutes. Other times upwards of an hour. It’s excruciating painful at times. Full effort, 110% – it’s the only way we know how to go. Give it everything we have for a limited amount of time.
And then it’s over. We shower and walk out of the Box to face the day and whatever life throws at us.
I’ve always been one to revel in the thrill of competition. From a young age, I only focused on sports and improving myself in that area to be a better player and teammate. As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that each one of us, no matter our background or economic status, has to compete day in and day out.
Call it survival, but we daily fight for our lives.
Our relationships (family, friendships, loved ones, even our faith) would all wilt without our continued focus and energy in nurturing them. Just look at ruined relationships – one party usually gets tired of fighting and gives up and things begin to die. Our professional careers are the same way – do you really think your boss is going to pay you just to clock in and clock out without providing any value in the hours between? What about creating your own business or product?
Healthy competition is at the heart of every winner – in sports and in life. It is not about cutting corners, cheating, or disrespecting your opponents in an attempt to win. A true competitor is determined to work towards improving their skills and life – putting in the long, hard hours needed to break through plateaus and achieve success.
But competing goes beyond sports. Competing is about life.