There’s a lot to be learned from this quote:
"A remarkable, glorious achievement is just what a long series of unremarkable, un-glorious tasks looks like from far away. No one ‘builds a house.’ They lay one brick again and again and again and the end result is a house." - Tim Urban, waitbutwhy.com
How many times have you found yourself looking at someone else’s success and thought,
“Wow, I wish I could be like that too!”
How many times have you caught yourself watching another athlete at the gym and said to yourself,
“Man that’s so cool... but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do that.”
It’s pretty easy to just declare that you want success - to admire from afar longingly - but there’s a reason why so many people never actually break through to that higher level of achievement.
A lot of us are unwilling to lay one brick at a time. They're unwilling to follow a plan.
In today’s society that’s packed full of social media posts and “look how cool my life is!”, it is super easy to get caught up in envying another person’s success. To be honest, every time I scroll through my Instagram or Facebook feed, I am completely bombarded with trophies, podiums, and lifetime CrossFit PRs.
It’s like watching highlight reel after highlight reel, and if I’m not careful I can easily get swept up into thinking that I’m a total failure for not winning at everything, all the time.
I think Mark Manson explains it well:
"All day, every day, we are flooded with the truly extraordinary. The best of the best. The worst of the worst. The greatest physical feats. The funniest jokes. The most upsetting news. The scariest threats... This flood of extreme information has conditioned us to believe that exceptionalism is the new normal.”
This is a problem.
While we are so obsessed over being at the finish line within the walls of the gym, we tend to forget what’s really important: our next step in our plan.
We forget that the only way to link our current path to the finish - or final goal - is to the connect the dots with what can seem like a bunch of really small, boring steps. Yet those dots are what make up our CrossFit plan that will get us where we want to be.
But listen up: those small, boring steps are exactly where success comes from. It’s those little bricks that you lay that can build an incredible house; just like each of those small steps are what essentially get you closer to that finish line - no matter how long the race may be.
Referencing directly to CrossFit, it's each one of those drills that you take the time to do after class, each step of your CrossFit programming that you check off, every time you practice that movement that is causing you so much irritation.
So why am I writing about bricks, and baby steps?
Well to start, I hope this helps to encourage you and give you some perspective. Now is a better time than ever to do some goal setting and look forward to what you want to achieve for the rest of the year. Whether it’s getting your first pull-up, or walking on your hands for the first time… remind yourself: there are people just like you who’ve seen success. They started right where you are today. Just because you’re not close right now doesn’t mean you can’t get there.
You may be at brick #1 of your CrossFit plan, but if you keep plugging away and slowly but surely lay down those bricks, the progress will come - and the finish line will start to make its way into view.
And don’t forget, WODprep is here to help you get those fitness goals kicked off. Start by pinpointing what your goal is - write it down.
Then, layout a plan. Map out a system that over time that will help you continue to make baby steps towards your ultimate goal.
We have several free CrossFit training programs and guides that can help:
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From HSPUs, muscle up drills, and even personalized video analysis, we want to help you lay those bricks!
I hope that you can apply these thoughts to your CrossFit training as well as your mindset moving forward. Remember, whether you are trying to win the CrossFit® Games, or would like to simply learn your first double under - it’s all about the steps within the plan, not the finish line.
Question: What is your #1 fitness goal? In the comments below, describe one brick that you will lay within your CrossFit plan to help you achieve this goal.
The CEO and Head Coach at WODprep, Ben is passionate about helping fitness athletes of all abilities get their competitive edge and learn new skills! He's currently living in Denver, Colorado with his wife and two dogs, and whenever possible the two love to travel and explore new places around the world (and meet new WODprep athletes).
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