Apply CrossFit to Your Relationships
Many are beasts in the box. Not only do they push themselves physically, but their mental strength is bulletproof. They set incredibly high standards, practice perfect form, and except no excuses. But when they step out of the box, they lose their cape. They settle, compromise, lower their standards, and snap back into the person they were before they found CrossFit. They go from Superman to Clark Kent.
The nectar in CrossFit isn’t just the diet and exercise. That’s the gravy. CrossFit provides a powerful mental framework that can be beneficial in other areas of your life, including your relationships. What are your standards with friends, family, co-workers, and lovers? Do you have any? If they are not met, do you call no rep? Why not? Why do you let things slide? Do you not put just as much work in the box as you do in your relationships? Do you not believe you have earned them?
In the box, we apply strict standards because we want results. We want growth. We want to get stronger and faster. We are very aware that a rounded back, a weak stance, and excuses will only stunt our growth and create room for injury. It is the same in our relationships. If you want results, you must keep your standards high and practice good form. What does that look like? It means you must push through when you want to stop or you think you can’t. It means calling no rep when someone doesn’t treat you the way you would like to be treated. It means drawing boundaries and not compromising them because you are afraid.
There is no gray in CrossFit. Either you do the exercise correctly or you don’t get the rep. Whining and complaining will not get you a better time or more importantly, respect. Eliminate the grays in your relationships. Either someone is supporting/sharpening your growth or they are not. Seeking approval or validation from someone else, losing yourself in them, and compromising self are all examples of horrible form which will prevent you from getting stronger and eventually lead to injury. Apply strict standards for yourself across the board, not just in the box.
Keep leaning forward,