I recently read an article talking about blocks or walls we experience in life (check it out here). It made me think about how in CrossFit these same walls and blocks exist when we set goals for ourselves, whether it be to hit a new PR on our back squat, nail down the elusive muscle up or even get out first strict pull up. We always have such good intentions when we set these goals for ourselves and we do a good job at working toward them for about…oh say, maybe 2 and half weeks. Then the frustration with not making progress or continuous failure after multiple attempts at a movement, or the monotony of the same training regime begins to set in and the goals that were in clear view when we set out on them begin to become more like mirages on the horizon taunting us, making us feel like we will never reach our goal.
However when this frustration builds, how often do we turn and ask ourselves, “am I doing everything I can to push forward?” A lot of the time I find that people work very hard for a short time, but when they don’t see results or feel like they are making progress instantly they are quick to abandon their goal. I believe that in order to succeed at achieving a goal we set for ourselves we need to be prepared to WORK HARD! Imagine trying to run a marathon in hiking boots through 3 feet of snow. Sounds impossible and no fun at all, but it is possible. While not everyone has the desire to trek 26.2 miles in snow in hiking boots, the point I am trying to make is that the road to achieving a goal we make for ourselves will be one filled with blocks and walls.
The thing that makes the difference between those people who achieve their goals and those who don’t is the hard work that those successful people are willing to put in. They realize that blocks will occur and they know that in order to get past them they must continue to work hard, continue to make attempt after attempt, work on progression after progression and adhere to the boring squat or oly program. Because in time they will get to where they have set out to go and will be standing victoriously over a barbell loaded up with a new PR weight or atop the rings or pull up bar in triumph over a pull up or muscle up.
So when frustration begins to set in about a goal we have set for ourselves, remember that if we want to succeed we have to be willing to work hard to overcome those blocks and walls we experience. Now, more than one block may exist and we need to be ready for that, but when we push and continue to work hard we are making ourselves stronger and that moment when we finally reach our goal will be all that much sweeter. So continue to set goals, work hard, and most importantly embrace the process and have fun!
“Life is what you want it to be, and you can either rise to the occasion and go get what you want or you can succumb to laziness and remain blocked, never growing. If that is your choice, that is your choice.” – Hayley Hobson