We had a great turn out for the seminar, thank you to everyone who came out. Also thank you to Nikki for making a Paleo friendly green chili and sharing it with everyone. We had a lot of group interaction and discussion, which I think everyone gained from. There were a lot of great topics brought up as far as goals, obstacles, scarifies, motivation, accountability, execution, self talk. and support. Many people brought up some great topics, which I think most were feeling but haven’t shared with anyone before. All of the things we discussed during this seminar are extremely important in accomplishing the things we strive for. Yes we’re all going to fail or fall off at times, but what really makes you the person you are or want to be is what do you do in the face of adversity. “Life isn’t about how many times you fall, it’s about how many times you pick yourself up.”
For those of you who attended the seminar please write to comments, what did you take out of the seminar? What points were made that you feel can help you a long your path towards success? Please share your thoughts for those who were unable to make it.
Below is a great essay titled “Perfection is Not Reality” written by Lisbeth from CrossFit Lisbeth. Also check out www.crossfitlisbeth.com for more great essay’s and articles.
Stop the madness.
You cannot eat perfectly, work out perfectly, live perfectly.
Or if you did, you’d be a miserable SOB that no one would ever want to talk to, or work with, or sweat near.
You’re going to make mistakes. You’re going to screw up. You’re going to fall horribly off the wagon sometimes. Derail. In the ditch. Wheels off the bus. (Use every single transportation metaphor in the entire English language if you have to. Metaphors for everyone!)
It happens. And it really doesn’t matter. What matters is what you do after the wheels are off the bus.
Do you pick yourself up and carry on? Or do you go back to your couch and feel sorry for yourself and give up? Or do you try again but keep making the same mistakes over and over again?
That’s where you really tell me something about yourself and your character.
I’m not interested in the person who never made a mistake. And I’m not interested in the person who made a lot of mistakes and did not learn from them. But I’m really interested in the person who made a lot of mistakes and learned from them and got better. That’s the person who can teach all of us something. That’s the person to keep your eyes on. That’s the person to stand near in the workout and feed off their energy — because that person is going somewhere we all want to go.
Someone said this to me today: “The stress from pursuing perfection will a lot of times outweigh the benefits.” And he’s right: sometimes, we make our own kind of crazy and it’s counter-productive to our goals. We think we have to live at 100%, when instead sometimes we’ll be at 103%, sometimes at 80%, sometimes at 90%. What matters is your batting average, not each swing of the bat.
So, dial everything in and go like hell, but don’t think everything has to be perfect all the time. It can’t be. And that’s okay. You’re going to learn a hell of a lot more from driving that bus with 3 wheels than you ever did with 4. And when you take it into the guardrail (and you will) get out and put the spare on and keep going.