I get it. We always want to be 100% at everything we do. Most of us fill our days with work, families, and running around trying to be the best version of ourselves.
With the amount of running around we do in our high paced society, there are days I don’t want to workout (insert “gasp”). Yep, you read that right. Honestly, as coaches and part of the South Landing staff, we are human too. There are days I know the gym will help, but mentally and physically I just feel worn out. If you’re ever felt this way, guess what? You’re normal, and it is okay!
However, what I have also learned that while my effort might look different on a day to day basis, creating consistent patterns that align with my goals and priorities is truly the key to success. While hard work moves me forward, consistent patterns is what gets me to my goals.
Am I 100% every day? Absolutely not. Actually not even close. But, that is why CrossFit is beautiful in so many ways and why I focus on moving consistently throughout every week. CrossFit can be varied not only be skill and degree, but also by intensity based upon where YOU are feeling TODAY.
Let me explain:
Maybe yesterday you slept 10 hours, ate like a champ, and are feeling on top of the world. We LOVE that. That is a day where your 100% is going to feel like 100%, and a day that it is easy to walk out of the gym with your head held high.
However, let's say last night you were up 3 times in the middle of the night, you have a major work deadline that has been stressing you out, you are now having to grab food on the go, and honestly your to do list has now gone to a second piece of paper. It seems that no matter what you do, you’re still behind. Your body is exhausted, sore from yesterday, and honestly, that last thing you want to do is workout, but you know it’s important, so you head to the gym. You give it your all, but maybe your 100% looks more like 60%.
Guess what? You STILL should leave with your head held high, because you still gave 100%.
Our 100% WILL look different on different days, but as we have talked about so many times, a step forward is a step forward. And over a year, EVERY tiny step matters. As a staff, we understand that days are varying, and even seasons of life are varying.
If you are tired or feeling burned out, my encouragement to you is to show up. There has never been a day I’ve walked in tired to the gym that I didn’t feel better and encouraged when I left. What is important is that you do the best YOU can do that day (based on how you feel), and that you celebrate that when you leave.
Not every season is going to be a season of PR’s, but that doesn’t mean you stop showing up. If anything, it means you show up MORE consistently, because while it might seem you’re taking smaller steps to your goals, those small steps are STILL IMPORTANT.
Our goal for each of you is to find a habit of CONSISTENCY both inside and outside of the gym. THAT is where hard work and results meet. THAT is truly the key to long-term health.
So, today, give 100% no matter what that looks like. If you’re tired, dial back. If you’re feeling great, dial up. But always show up, and know that movement is another step forward, regardless of what that movement looks like.
As always, keep moving forward.