Wednesday 141022

“The Ghost”

6 rounds of 1 minute each:
Rowing (calories)

Rest 1 minute

Watch the official explanation here.

Try for as many reps as possible of EACH exercise, not just total score. Post separate totals of calories rowed, burpee reps and double-under reps completed to comments and BTW.

Lookin' strong Carrie!

Lookin’ strong Carrie!

Some workouts are downright scary.  Either it’s a movement or a modality you struggle with, or maybe it’s “in your wheelhouse” and you know you should decidedly crush it.  Or maybe you see a workout and think, “Hey, that doesn’t look bad” or “Well, it’s got rest that that will be nice.”  Those are nearly always omens that you are in for a burner of a workout.  

But the awesome thing is that we are surrounded by CrossFitters–who I’ve found over the last 7 years–to be decidedly hardworking and enjoy a challenge.  Truly, why else would we come into Verve daily to push our limits and suffer next to each other if we didn’t love to “do work.”  This fact by the way is definitely one my favorite characteristics of the CrossFit community.  I know you all won’t back down from work.  But somedays are rougher than others, so here’s a few tips from a great article by James Clear regarding how to improve your mindset and not operate from a fear-based decision making point.  Read his whole article here.

It’s Good to Feel Stupid: 5 Thoughts on Overcoming Fear and Self–Doubt

1. Don’t pick goals where the stakes are low.

Failing in a safe zone is just a clever way of holding yourself back.

If you fail inside your comfort zone, it’s not really failure, it’s just maintaining the status quo. If you never feel uncomfortable, then you’re never trying anything new.

In other words, feeling stupid is a good thing.

2. Nobody is rooting for you to fail.

Maybe you’ll succeed. Maybe you’ll fail. For the most part, nobody cares one way or the other.

This is a good thing! The world is big and you are small, and that means you can chase your dreams with little worry for what people think.

3. Just because you don’t like where you have to start from doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get started.

I wish I was a better writer when I started writing. I wish I was a smarter entrepreneur when I started building businesses. I wish I was a better photographer when I picked up a camera. But more than anything, I’m glad I chose to start even though I wasn’t very good in the beginning.

Feelings of fear and uncertainty have a way of making you feel unprepared.

  • “I should learn more before I take this test.”
  • “I should practice more before I compete.”
  • “I should get this degree before I start this business.”

Here’s a tough question that forces you to consider the opposite side: How long will you put off what you’re capable of doing just to maintain what you’re currently doing?

4. Stop making uncertain things, certain.

Who says you’re going to fail? Just because someone else got rejected from that job doesn’t mean you will. Maybe the publisher hated your friend’s book, but that doesn’t mean they’ll hate yours. Maybe you tried to lose weight before, but that doesn’t mean you can’t lose it now.

You’re not destined to “miss that lift.” In fact, maybe you’re destined to succeed.

Stop acting like failure is certain. It’s not.

5. The only real failure is not taking any action in the first place.

We all deal with feelings of fear, uncertainty, and vulnerability. And unfortunately, most of us let those feelings dictate our actions. For this reason, the simple decision to act is often enough to separate you from most people. You don’t need to be great at what you do, you just need to be the one person who actually decides to do it.

You can enjoy a lot of success by doing the things that most people make excuses to avoid.  Put this to use today and push hard on every movement every time every round.

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