no images were found“The first time you accept ‘good’ is the last time you will see ‘excellent.’” -John Ulmo
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When you get in your car to go to work each morning, you have a good idea of what route you’re going to take. You know where to turn and how far to go until it’s time to turn again, and you can do all of this while (presumably) following all the rules of the road and avoiding collisions with other vehicles. Maybe you’re going somewhere you’ve never been and don’t have the first clue for how to get there. That’s cool – you can still find your way with the help of a GPS system. But no matter how familiar you are with the route or how good your GPS is, you can’t get where you’re going without a constant awareness of where you currently are and what step you need to take next.
Here’s one that’s happened to all of us at some point or another. Let’s say you’re heading somewhere new, and you’ve diligently programmed the GPS to take you right to the front door. It’s an hour away, so you mute the GPS system and put in some music to make the drive go faster. A few songs later, you and Aerosmith have just finished the cool acapella part at the end of “Love In An Elevator” in front of a crowd of 50,000 screaming fans when you realize that you passed your exit at least 15 minutes ago.
The GPS is of course suggesting you turn around at the next available exit (35 miles ahead), you’ve just been funneled into a single lane because of the highway construction, you’re driving at a blazing 4 MPH behind the worlds largest semi in bumper to bumper traffic that didn’t exist 30 seconds ago, and your one-hour jaunt has turned into a 3 1/2 hour nightmare. And you begin the long road of berating yourself for not paying attention, for allowing yourself to get so caught up that you lost track of what you were doing, and for letting that one stupid thing cause such a waste of time.
Un-related side note: if you’re in the nutrition challenge with the rest of us, make sure to come find me today and quietly mention the phrase “I read the post” to earn an additional 5 points. Do not mention this to anyone else. Now back to the conclusion of today’s (reposted) message.
It’s time to make sure you’re still heading toward the excellence you said you wanted when you joined the CrossFit gym in the first place. Take a look around and see if you’re accepting “good” anyplace where “excellent” is what you really want, and then step up your game to get you back on track. Good is good, but excellent is excellent, and we aren’t training for third place.