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Negativity....? Aint Nobody Got Time For That!

 I have a direct order for every single member of CrossFit Koa:
   Right at this very minute I want you to stop underestimating yourself and get rid of all those negative thoughts in your mind. 
      I understand it is human nature to compare ourselves to others, and to be disappointed when we feel that progress is not coming as quickly as we would like. Whether its about our performance in a workout, our physical appearance, or something going on outside of the gym, its human nature to let our negative thoughts pile up like dirty laundry in a hamper and eventually overwhelm us.   But the truth is our lives are too short, our time on this earth too brief to waste one second feeling bad about ourselves and spend our time living with this negative frame of mind. 
   I have seen the most amazing transformations in our gym, and not just physically but mentally and emotionally as well.  I have seen people lose some weight and add lean muscle… but more importantly I have seen so many of you change the way you think.  That to me is more important than a few pounds or an inch or two off your waistline.  And I don’t want us to ever lose sight of that.
   When we do forget about this transformation, we begin to doubt.  We begin to question.  We begin to UNDERESTIMATE ourselves.  That should be criminal because the truth is none of you have a clue just how vast your true potential is. Maybe think of it like this…
   Look at Thomas Edison, the man who invented the light bulb.  When asked if it was true that he failed 1,000 times before being successful in creating the light bulb, he responded “I have not failed 1,000 times.  I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways how not to make a light bulb work.”  That change in perspective, his ability to see positivity in something the world defines as "failure", altered the history of Thomas Edison and the world as we know it.   Imagine if after failing once, twice, even a few hundred times, Edison would have said, “Forget it I am not good I quit.”?  No light bulb.  At least not then… and someone else who wouldn’t give up and who wouldn’t UNDERESTIMATE themselves would have come along and figured out a way to make that light bulb work. 
   And then your son or daughter would never have had that chance to attend Thomas Alva Edison Middle School… but I digress.
   I am once again challenging all of you to clean out the negativity clogging up your mind and make room for serious positivity.  The world is full of challenges, some much more serious than others.  I will not pretend to understand what each and every one of you goes through outside our gym… but I sure as hell know what you are enduring INSIDE our gym.  Let’s start making changes inside CrossFit Koa and lets start making the impossible possible.  Do this and let it be a catalyst to changing your life outside the gym as well.  (Seriously if you can even ATTEMPT 150 wall balls and survive, the world cant throw ANYTHING at you that you cant handle!!!!!)
   And this is how we will do it:

  • Stop saying you can’t because the truth is you can.
  •  Stop thinking you aren’t good enough when the truth is you are great.
  • Stop worrying about what others saying and start hearing the voice inside you that knows exactly what you are capable of.
  • Stop letting negativity influence your thoughts and emotions and realize positivity is nothing more than a shift in focus. 
  •  Stop wondering what your future could be like and start planning and working towards what it WILL be like. 

   Are you keeping a journal / log of all of your workouts?  No?? Well then this tip will be step #2 for you… step #1 is get yourself a journal to record your training numbers!  For those of us who already have a journal, start writing notes in your journal along with your workouts and corresponding numbers.  If you received a useful cue from a coach on a particular day, write that cue down and remind yourself of it the next time that movement comes up.  If you struggled with a particular movement write down what exactly it was that you were struggling with.  If you felt a weight was too light or too heavy that you chose for a particular conditioning workout, write that down in the journal and write what you should have used instead so you know for next time.  This little bit of extra writing will go a looooong way in helping you improve and achieve your goals.