You’re Never done
Sometimes it is easy to think that at some point this whole thing is complete. When you are chasing tangible number based goals, say, a 400 pound back squat, after you accomplish your goal it is easy to drop off and think that you are “done.”
But as hard as a 400 pound back squat is, I maintain it is harder to keep your focus on the long term goal of health and wellness, and if you are sacrificing your long term well being and happiness for pursuit of a number based or outcome based short term goal, you may want to look at if it is worth it or not.
I look back now on things I did in golf, my very best accomplishments. And although I am proud of many of them, the ones that were “streak” or “number” based (making 7 birdies in a row, making 8 consecutive 3’s, shooting 30 on 9, shooting 63 on 18) pale in comparison to the ones that I really remember and am proud of. The friendships I made along the way, the places I got to play and see, being proud of accomplishing things is just a byproduct of hard work. And I can tell you when I was at the end of my golfing career, I was too focused on numbers and perfection. I lost sight of what really mattered in the game I was playing.
The comparison isn’t as strong in the end, as I didn’t play golf to be healthy for 100 years, but I did play golf to be closer to my dad. I did play golf to get an education paid for. I did play golf to compete and be the best I could be. I think if I had remembered these things about the reason I was playing, I would have not only enjoyed myself more, but would have enjoyed the process more when the road got tough.
So, keep your long term goal in play. Even if your snatch has dropped 20 pounds or your fran time is 1:00 slower. If you just aren’t “feeling it” maybe zone in on what you are doing and REALLY what matters to you. There are a bunch of people here at CrossFit LoDo who care about your well being, and that has very little to do with your 400 pound back squat. If it means a lot to you, it means a lot to me, however my interest and push is going to be in enjoying the process, not the actual outcome of attaining one small goal in what should be a lifetime of enjoying the journey,
Stay healthy friends