Michael Kedor, AKA "Dodgeball" is our member blog writer today. Thanks Dodgeball!
While I don't profess to be an adept writer, I do enjoy sharing my experiences with hope that some may learn from my defeats and successes.
Take a moment to think about a lofty goal you set for yourself. Somehow, against the odds, you pushed through and achieved it. Seriously. Take a moment. Meditate on it. Think about how good that felt. Think about how, if even for a fleeting moment, you were untouchable.
Now, think about the path you took to get there. Without a doubt, there was a moment where you stood on the precipice of defeat. You had to decide whether to trudge forth or fall back. You had to dig deep in order to find the willpower to persevere. You could have quit, but you didn't. You decided that you were strong enough, smart enough, clever enough or deserving enough to harness your power and launch yourself wholeheartedly towards your goal.
For me, this moment happens every single time we are deep in the WOD. I have to make a decision to either quit, or push through. When I first started CrossFit, the quit instinct was always just a half step behind me. It seemed insurmountable to complete the workout. 'I could just quit, and I'd feel better.' The problem is that the "feel better" part is ephemeral. The regret of quitting is what sticks with you.
I've been doing CrossFit at 818 for a year now, and that quit is easily two steps behind me now; probably more. This has transferred into other parts of my life. Those that I team up with in workouts know me as "Dodgeball". It's a nickname acquired from my penchant for playing this silly social game a few nights a week with other silly adults. There are times in gameplay where you've had such a burst of movement that you burn out a bit. I've noticed since working with 818, that these near-quit moments are far less frequent. I've also started training for the L.A. Marathon in March 2014. I've never run more than 5 miles in my life, and I credit CrossFit with the "can-do" spirit I've acquired. There are times when I'm running that I feel like I've got nothing left, and I think of the team and the coaches at 818, and I push through; just like I would for the WOD.
These "no-quit" moments are what make us great people. The next time you're standing at the precipice of defeat, think about how you pushed through in your WOD, and use that feeling as a driver for your success.
Sound off in the comments about a "near-quit" moment that you pushed through.
"2009 CrossFit Games Day 1 Final Workout"
30 Wallballs (20/14)
30 Hang Squat Snatches (75/53)
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