Churchill has a great quote of ‘Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm’. I’m not going to lie, my enthusiasm for something falls dramatically after a series of failures. Whether I keep going will depending on my conviction for the end goal.
Here’s an interesting story to think about today. Meet bob, bob is an archaeologist currently digging to find some viking treasure. Bob is digging and digging until he’s tired and can’t dig any more so he gives up. Little does Bob know he was only an inch away from the gold!
I’d hate to stop something having come so close to success, the trouble is we just don’t often know when or where that is. Apply this thought process to your life, when do you decide to give up on a diet, a relationship, brushing your teeth, a workout routine or a project around your house? Does the time differ for any of them? If so why?
Is there something in your life that you need to keep digging for?
How do you eat an elephant…piece by piece.
I’m going to use ‘diet’ today as an example, what I mean by this is what you eat, not some named diet like keto, or weight watchers or any of that other rubbish. Trying to change how you fundamentally eat is a big job, BIG JOB. There’s a super simple way to do this which guarantees some level of success rather than landing back where you started. Change 1 thing at a time. Lets say for example you wanted to eat some protein for breakfast. Do not try to change your dinner or lunch or anything more that eating a protein for breakfast. Until you are successful at that why complicate it and try to add in more habits?! It’s a mind game, if you succeed in your goal then you’re ready to succeed in another.
Perfection stops action. Do you ever go to start something but then pause incase you do it wrong?!
One of the things I’ve been working on recently is just doing something regardless of how bad I am at it knowing that consistency over time will breed success. I used to spend HOURS editing a video so that I wouldn’t look stupid doing it, you know what…I still looked stupid. Now I record it once and if I really mess up I’ll do it again but it’s becoming one take more and more. This didn’t happen over night and started out reducing the time I was allowed to edit for in order to be more ruthless. If I said to myself ‘you can only record that video if you nail it first time’ then I’d be doomed to failure.
This applies to many things in life and is essentially what ‘choking’ is, you might have heard this in sport that someone is great in training but crumble under the pressure of competition. It’s almost guaranteed that in training they’re under no pressure at all to perform so when the pressure arrives they’re stuck, where if they introduced pressure to their training they’d be sweet.
My final example is summarised like this, alter your expectation and live off your success. I challenge you to write a 365 page book, go. No way, it’s not going to happen, but if I asked you to write one page a day then in the space of a year we’d have a book!
Stop looking at the big perfect picture. We’re supposed to be bad at things!! Just start and if anything purposely be bad at it, the only way then is up.
There’s some interesting research out there to say that worrying in words reduces anxiety in the short-term (which reinforces it), but it maintains or even exacerbates anxiety over time. It’s in fact better to worry in images.
Let’s say that you are afraid of drowning. If you visualized yourself drowning, you would likely experience symptoms of anxiety. If these negative thoughts continued, your symptoms would continue. However, the negative reaction itself would make it less likely that you’d think about it again. If instead you think in words you might have abstract thoughts like “what would it be like to drown” or “if I drown what will happen to my family” that are likely to cause negative thoughts to continue over time.
Worrying in words can reduce anxiety temporarily, however they will maintain or worsen anxiety over time. So even though it might be painful in the short-term, try worrying in images. It should allow you to overcome the negative thought more quickly and live with less anxiety!
Weekly program. All classes follow the CrossFit method. Friday as a named workout where we can test our fitness and compare to before if it’s a repeat workout. Saturdays are normally partner or team workouts and are super fun!! This week our mobility day is Tuesday.
Yesterday we talked about how an everyday task like driving can be harmful if poor posture is used. Today lets turn our focus not just to texting, but kitchen chores, computer work and also driving. These are just a few examples of our forward head tilt.
This may or may not apply to you but a simple check you can do is this, does it feel uncomfortable to drive with your head resting on the headrest? Can you feel one vertebrae poking out at the bottom of your neck? If you know you look like you’ve got osteoporosis and you’re in your 30’s, lets get to it! We can make a couple of quick adjustments and make your super sexy posture look more like it should. Try these two suggestions below once a day for a week (set a reminder on your phone if that helps).
- A simple movement you can try comes from yoga and is called Tadasana or mountain pose. As I don’t wish to offend any yoga practitioners I’ve included a link HERE to take you through the asana. Basically, stand with the weight in the middle of your arches and imagine a string pulling the top of your head to the sky as high as it can go, shoulders are pressed back and down to your bum and ribs in a neutral position. It’s a really great position and can teach you a lot about your body, just try closing your eyes and see what you can feel.
- The second big one I’d suggest you try is stand against a wall imagining you’re getting a mug shot. Bring your arms up so elbow to elbow forms a straight line accross, keeping your back against the wall (you could use a golf ball to keep you honest) press your wrists to the wall, try to move the elbows up by your ears until your arms are straight all while pressing the wrists to the wall. Return them to normal. Try 10 of these.
- There are a number of self massage and trigger points you can use for the pec and upper back muscles but I’m not convinced anyone does enough of that for it to make long term changes.
As always if you have any questions, feel free to ask a coach.