HAPPY MONDAY! Don’t you just love Mondays? I do. I’ve been sweating all day long though. You know what’s cool…we did “Cindy” today, and those pushups kick my butt every single time. BUT this was a retest for us, and I did better than I did 5 weeks ago, so I’ll take that any day. 

I did a CrossFit competition this past weekend in Greenville with my friends Jackie and Madeline. It was a lot of fun. Like I said last week, I really am happy to just be working out WITH intensity. I love being competitive, and being on a team is always fun – especially when you’re on a team with 2 girls that kick butt probably more than you do. 

But what I love most about local competitions is just how friendly everyone is. The more you go to them, the more people you get to meet. And it’s like a big reunion. And then you meet new people each time. Every person you meet is there because they want to have fun, get better, and hopefully show out. And getting to meet/see/compete against other people who do CrossFit, but may be at different stages of life is cool too. 

Ok…Here we go! Three disclaimers:

  1. This is a post meant for those of us who love CrossFit, BUT it can be applied to anything really. So, if you don’t do CrossFit, PLEASE don’t stop reading. Maybe you can relate.  
  2. Hope this doesn’t piss anyone off 🙂 
  3. I’ve noticed some of these traits in myself from time to time, so let’s just say I am speaking from experience…

We do CrossFit to make us feel GREAT – in our health, our outlook, in how we carry ourselves, and the really cool things we accomplish in the gym. And if you’re like me, you love it when your favorite song comes on in the gym (ya know, like Beyonce, Rihanna, or the occasional Lil Jon). You love showing up and showing out. You love surprising yourself. You love getting better. You don’t like getting beat. And you love the sweat and commitment you put in every single day.

THESE ARE ALL GREAT THINGS!

Some of us really competitive people have LEGIT goals. Some of those goals may even seem out of reach, but we are determined to get there. And if that’s you, more power to ya. If you have the drive, sacrifice, time, and commitment, then may all your dreams come true. Namaste.

But here’s the number 1 thing we all need to remember– no matter how good you are, or how good you think you are —

No matter what you accomplish in life, and no matter if you make it or not (to whatever it is you’re trying to do or make)…

You are not “better” than anyone else. 

I don’t care if you are the best at doing CrossFit in your gym, your city, your state, your region, your country, or even the world… it doesn’t make you better than anyone else. 

And here’s why. 

There’s more to you than CrossFit. 

And that’s something to be happy about — no matter how much you love it, or how many times you workout a day, or how fast you are progressing. 

Because at the end of the day, people will forget what you snatched in that one competition, or what your Fran time was when you were at your best. But they will never forget how you made them feel. They’ll never forget how you treated them. 

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t *DREAM BIG* Whatever your goals are competitively, by all means, go for it. I’m right there with you. BUT don’t turn let it turn you into a jerk along the way. 

I know I probably sound totally SALTY! – And I get why you would think that. But I promise you that I’m in fact NOT salty… about CrossFit or competing. In fact, I just spent the past two weekends competing – one in Florida and one locally in Greenville – and I think I love competing again 🙂 But competing, and even doing well, doesn’t change who I am. When I do well, it doesn’t give me the authority to be a jerk to others, or to think of myself as more important than others. And when I maybe could have done better, it doesn’t give me the right to be a mad at the world.

I haven’t been doing CrossFit for like forever or anything, BUT I have been doing it for 5 years. I faced an injury one time that really showed me where my identity was. That said injury never healed the way it was supposed to, so I went through another surgery to try and fix said original injury. This tested me again, and showed me once more that there is more to me than CrossFit. Despite a couple of obstacles, I’ve had the opportunity over the past 5 years or so to compete in all different kinds of competitions, where I’ve been able to meet some cool people – (most of the time, people waaayyyy better than me). 

But the more you fall in love with CrossFit, and the more you PR, and the more you win competitions, just try to keep things in perspective. There’s more to you than those things. And with that, try to never forget about stories like this:

Liz’s Story

and this: 

Olivia’s Story

The more I get to see your average, everyday person come in the gym and want to make his or her life better, the more I realize that CrossFit is about way more than any big or small accomplishment I could strive for. For me, my faith keeps me in check too. I know I was put on earth to do cool things and help make other people’s lives better. I’ve focused too hard on myself, and come up short in this a time or two, so I get it. 

Anyway!! …Just something to think about. When you are in the gym this week…

  1. Compliment someone else – maybe even publicly. 
  2. Don’t get too mad at yourself. 
  3. Be a good example. Someone is always watching.

Have a great week!

Oh, yeah, I was on a podcast the other day. I talk funny, and I’m not the best with my words, but here ya go!

Thanks to Matt Snipes and The Self Made Podcast for doing it!