Brick by brick

The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure , the process is its own reward.

- Amelia Earhart

Those of us who have been on our journey to fitness for a while, no doubt, know what it is like to run up against a seemingly insurmountable obstacle -- injury, illness, life stress or just plain frustration at a plateau in our progress.

Dealing with these obstacles should become as much a part of our development as athletes as completing our workouts. Resiliency of the body is important but resiliency of the spirit is critical. Having a hip injury going into the CrossFit Open, was a difficult thing for me, but I knew it was providing me a lesson in overcoming adversity -- a lesson that will make me a better athlete and a better coach.

You see, developing fitness is not just about being the fastest or strongest in any of the workouts on any given day. It is about falling in love with the process of developing your physical capacity -- focusing on the quality of your movements (and moments) and enjoying the day by day improvement to your health, fitness and well-being.

Steve Kamb from Nerd Fitness describes it this way:

"Don’t worry about what you’re supposed to look like a year from now, instead focus on completing that next set of push ups with great form. Or how you can cook an epic meal for dinner. Or how you can get a tiny bit closer to doing a pull up!"

Coach Glassman expresses the same sentiment when he states that a CrossFit coach's goal should be developing virtuosity in athletes:

"If you insist on basics, really insist on them, your clients will immediately recognize that you are a master trainer. They will not be bored; they will be awed. I promise this. They will quickly come to recognize the potency of fundamentals. They will also advance in every measurable way past those not blessed to have a teacher so grounded and committed to basics."

You need to have a clear vision of what fitness means to you and you need to know why that vision is important to you. But you also need to be able to step back and focus on the now with a belief that putting quality into every moment, every brick leads to that grand vision.

If you do that and pay attention to the small details then you will progress farther faster. As Ryan Holliday writes in the highly recommended The Obstacle Is The Way:

 “Each time, you’ll learn something. Each time, you’ll develop strength, wisdom, and perspective. Each time, a little more of the competition falls away. Until all that is left is you: the best version of you.” 

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