A friend of mine recently sent me a great article about how business leaders (in the world of finance) explain away poor decisions. After reading the article, I realized that I sometimes see this type of behavior at the gym, as well.
As a coach, I occasionally see people make poor decisions in regards to their health, fitness, or relationships and then try to explain those decisions by rationalizing it to themselves or others. In terms of your health and fitness, this type of rationalization can create a vicious cycle in which you do things you know will negatively impact your eventual goals at the gym and instead of identifying the root cause of the issue (in order to mitigate it), you rationalize it to make yourself feel better about the decision. For example, if you don't show up the gym for the week, you might say to yourself, "Hey, I was really busy with work and family this week, so it's okay." Or you might catch yourself three or four Porto's potato balls (yes, they're that delicious!) deep into the community box at the office and tell yourself it's okay because you don't have time to eat a proper meal. While in the large scale of things, these seemingly little rationalizations (at least in the examples above) might be benign, the pattern it establishes can trap you into making a series of poor decisions which can severely impact your long-term goal of good health and fantastic fitness.
Obviously, there's a difference between rationalizing poor decisions in a business setting vs. rationalizing poor decisions when it comes to your health and fitness; namely, the former harms others at your benefit while the latter harms yourself directly with little or no benefit to anyone. However, the lessons learned from watching business leaders in the world of big finance make self-serving decisions at the expense of others, all the while trying to do "mental backflips to rationalize their choices," can help us identify similar (self-destructive) behavior when it comes to our health and fitness. As always, if you need some help getting out of the rationalization trap, your coaches are here to help you!
Just a reminder that tonight at 7:45pm is the information meeting for the CrossFit 818 Endurance Development Series, the first of several Development Series we'll be conducting at the box this year. We look forward to seeing you there!
A. EMOTM for 12 minutes
6 kb push press (53/35, 3 on each side)
B. For time:
60 toe to bar
30 power cleans (185/120)
Posted by Zareh.