I love cliché phrases. Here are three that I plan to actually make a little sense of in this blog post: “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars,” “Go big or go home,” and even “YOLO” can be applicable in life. Yes, that’s right, “YOLO.” We at SLCF are all about your goals and dreams. Our coaches want to know from day 1, what you are specifically looking to achieve. Once you’ve told us your goal we ask how you plan to achieve it, what are some actionable steps, what is the timeline,and how often do you revisit these steps? Then we check-up and check-in with you. Why are we so concerned about this? Simply because, we hope to make your dream, no longer that, but a reality.
Over the past few years I have had many gym goals. Some small, while others major. For instance, that gym PR earning me some lululemon apparel seemed just as important as making the CrossFit games with my team. While our team never made the games over a span of 5 years (gosh we were darn close), I had some amazing experiences with my teammates and friends and learned a lot about myself along the way. This also brought me astep closer to another goal: how to be the most well-rounded, best CrossFit coach possible. So hey, “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars.”
I know that you all have gym dreams too. I bet I could name a few: a muscle up, run a mile without stopping, a handstand push-up, a bodyweight snatch, sub 3 minute Fran (gross), lose 10lbs, etc. Am I getting close? If you haven’t set a goal for yourself lately, do so now! I encourage you all to make at least one gym goal and an outside the gym dream. When making these, challenge yourself, aka “Go big or go home!” If your goals are always easy to attain, you will never know the exuberant sensation that occurs when grit and determination pay off! I had a professor one time use a great analogy with a stick. He called upon an unsuspecting student and asked him, “what’s your vertical.” The student, an obvious athlete, replied, “around 25 inches.” Just fyi, that’s a good vertical jump. From here the lecturer held up the stick about 2 inches off the ground and asked him to jump over it. The confused student did so, but only clearing the stick by about an inch. Afterwards the lecturer asked the class, “how high did he jump?” The point being, the male only jumped as high as necessary to clear the stick, not his 25-inch vertical. The lecturer continued with, “If you set the bar low, you’ll only do what is needed to achieve it. So set the bar high!” I tell you this story to again remind you to challenge yourself in some of your goals. You can make them happen!
While my gym goals have been mostly linear, my life dreams have changed, evolved, or done a complete 180. I’m sure this is something many of you can relate to as well. Over the past year or so I have been chasing a huge dream, to be accepted into PA (physician assistant) school and become a PA, “YOLO.” I love my time coaching each of you to your goals, but I would not be true to myself if I gave up on my own. It has been one heck of a time trying to achieve this, but I am happy, no, enthralled, to tell all of you that I am accepted to South College’s PA program. In a few weeks my role at SLCF will be changing, and it is bitter-sweet. I’m getting a little emotional just writing this to you all. Yes my ugly mug will still be around SLCF in some capacity, you will not get off that easy, but my goal now is to be an excellent student and learn as much as possible about the practice of medicine.
Finally, I want to thank each of you for helping me reach this goal. Whether you knew my plans or not, I feel supported by every member. Many of the days I’ve coached you have also taught me lessons to take forward in this endeavor. I have been molded and bettered by the experiences at SLCF and am forever grateful for them. A HUGE thank you and shout out to our amazing staff. I have been supported through prayers, kind words, and back slaps when needed most in following this dream. Remember that this amazing staff is also there for you and your dreams, whether for the mini-goals or the big-scaryones. Completing this long-winded, semi-farewell, I want to repeat my earlier sentiments in cliché format. “Shoot for the moon and you’ll land among the stars,” “go big or go home,” and finally, “YOLO.”
Chase you dreams - pursue your goals,
<3 Coach JBo