A sled doesn’t move unless you pull it.
Sounds simple, right?
But think about the alternative.
What happens if you’re passive about:
- what you eat & drink
- other chemicals you put into your body (yes, smokers…I’m nagging you)
- HOW and when you exercise (*note: I didn’t say ‘if’ you exercise)
- HOW and when you sleep
- your spiritual life
- your job
- your relationship with your kids
- love & romance (yes–it’s important too)
- your finances
- your present
- your future
Each of those things (and probably more) requires an active, dedicated, thoughtful effort.
The result of letting things slide means critical failure at some point. And trust me–it WILL catch up to you eventually.
I’m learning this now, the hard way.
Pieces of my life are falling down around me, and I often wonder how I’m going to claw my way out of the rubble.
But I will.
I know I will.
Crossfit (no topic is too deep for Crossfit) has loosened passivity’s grip on my life and has frequently been the impetus for change.
Being assertive does not make you annoying–it gives your opinion value. Think how your life would be different if you were assertive in the things mentioned above: your health, your relationships, using the present to shape your future.
At the very beginning of this current personal hell I’m going through, a Crossfitter friend asked me where I saw myself in five years.
I had no answer.
I had never envisioned life five years down the road. I had simply been along for the ride, letting others dictate how the course of my life would run.
I have a five-year vision now.
It includes relationships, joy, Crossfit, marathons, a simple life, fluency in German, a job I love, a six year-old labrador and lots of coffee.
I’ll also have a deeper appreciation for the things I have.
I already do.
I have a LOT to be thankful for: my kids, my friends, my family in the US, my always-cheerful labrador, the cup of coffee at my side, and of course, today’s WOD–whatever it may be.
Most of us don’t just walk into a box and do a muscle-up. It takes practice, dedication and a lot of sweat. But at some point, you’ll find yourself doing things you once thought impossible.
Think about one area in which you’ve been passive–and take steps today to change it.
Your future depends on it.