August 9, 2017

A CrossFitter Needs Goals

At CF Mentality they have this really cool “Goal” board on the wall. I say “they” because I haven’t added any goals to it yet. I started training at CrossFit Mentality with an idea in mind of what my goals would be but as I was looking at this board I realized I needed to think bigger. As I took a minute and read the goals I was reminded how personal CrossFit can be and realized my goals aren’t personal enough. Clearly they are personal because they are mine but I don’t think they make much of a “difference”. I came into this training cycle with all of my goals being fitness related but I now realize this change in my life is much more personal and bigger that that. You can see in the members goals how personal some of them are.
  • “Win the 2017 CF Games!” ~ Scott
  • “Top 5 in Regionals” ~ Saxon
  • “Tone, strengthen and lose weight”~ Ang
  • “Learn to run”~ Andrea
  • “Do 2 pull-ups by summer” ~ Courtney
  • “I want more stamina” ~ Jake
  • “Get everyone to quit calling me Saxon” ~ Spencer
  • “Make varsity soccer ~ David
  • “Become a US Army Ranger” ~ Mitch

I was reading this and thought how brave it was for someone to write on a board that they need to lose weight or learn to run. Keep in mind this is in an environment where you are surrounded by shirtless people running crazy fast and flashing abs everywhere. How brave do you have to be to tell one of the sports fittest athletes that you want to be able to do two pull-ups knowing full well he could do as many as he wanted with you draped over his shoulders? How about telling the world that you want to serve and defend your country by joining one of the most elite fighting forces in history?

The intriguing part of the goal board is that a significant portion of them will likely never reach their goal or at least in the time frame they noted yet they still put it out there. That is bravery at it’s finest. To be able to let the world know what you want but with the understanding that you may fail in some measure. Thats’s what I want to be able to do. I want my goals to be brave. Free of fear but challenging enough that they can create real and lasting change. My hope is that if I can make my goals brave enough then someone else will do the same and then someone else and so on... Maybe we can continue to build a community that continues to push itself hard but supports and lifts each other up like Mentality does.

My goals:

  • Improve my form and strength in the major lifts (Clean, Snatch, Back Squat, Deadlift)
  • Quit being a little b*tch about rope climbs
  • Finish top 5 in CrossFit Open Masters scaled division
  • Win/Defend title @ Masters Main Event at Coca CrossFit (45-49 year old division)
  • Participate in a competition against people younger (and probably fitter) than me
  • Be happy with myself 
  • Write 2 new songs, perform live occasionally and finally record my album
  • Say “I love you” more often and allow myself to be loved
  • Try new things and meet new people
  • Look forward to my future and be grateful for my past

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