Give Yourself A Break

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CrossFit can be frustrating as hell. It is full of complex movements that you have to learn, practice, rehearse, and then practice some more before they even begin to feel like they’re supposed to. I think we’ve all thrown the jump rope across the gym at some point while practicing double-unders, or wanted to pitch the barbell out the door when working on the Olympic lifts.

Another way it can be frustrating is when you simply run out of gas in a WOD, or when you pull and pull and pull but that first body weight pullup just won’t happen, or it’s been *months* since you’ve PR’d on a certain lift. You want to quit. “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?!?” is all that’s going through your head. “WHY CAN EVERYONE DO THIS BUT ME?!?”

“Ok,” you tell yourself. “I’ll give it one more try, and then f*** it.”

But you know how to walk, right? And I bet you know how to ride a bike too. Think back to when you were learning to walk. Well, ok, think back to when one of your kids was learning how to walk. “Ok kiddo, I’ll give you three tries to get this walking thing right, and after that then just forget about it.”

Yeah right. How much patience do you have with your kids in this respect? It’s endless – you will encourage them to keep on trying UNTIL they can walk. When they fall and hurt themselves, you are there to comfort them and encourage them some more. And your parents did the same with you too, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to walk because they would have gotten sick of watching you fall on your face all the time.

How about riding a bike? “I’ll push you two times, but if you fall then I’m selling your bike to someone who can actually ride it.” No way that would ever happen. And here’s the interesting part – even if it did, I guarantee you would have found a way to learn to ride on your own. Maybe you’d borrow a friend’s bike or something, but you would have found a way, even if (or perhaps especially if) you were told you couldn’t do it.

You did it when you were a kid, and you teach it to your kids – you try UNTIL you get it right. Being frustrated is ok, and often serves as a great motivator. You seem to be constantly reminded of how much it sucks not to be able to do whatever it is you’re struggling with, but keep on practicing, learning, rehearsing and trying until you get it right. It’s the only way it’s going to happen.

I may not be there yet, but I’m closer than I was yesterday. ~Author Unknown