The Struggle

We’ve all had it at some point. Maybe you’ve overcome it, Maybe your still working through it. We’ve all had that thing we struggle with. Some of you it’s with a movement. With other’s of you it’s nutrition. This past weekend I spent a lot of time at the Colorado CrossFit Open, and I saw a lot of people struggle.
I witnessed people struggle with the weight on the bar and things as basic as jumping. People struggled with the idea of continuing to move long after their minds told them to stop. And everyone there shared in the struggle as one woman kept failing to get her LAST muscle up of the compitition.
It sucks watching someone struggle. I didn’t know this woman and whether she finished the WOD or not probably wouldn’t impact my life. But I found myself jumping up and down screaming for her to “GET UP.” Willing her to “PRESS UP. PRESS UP. PRESS UP!” You know you can’t do anything for them, and their is very little you can say. The Struggle is something we all have to overcome.

There are a lot of reasons why you struggle.
You don’t have the strength.
You over think it.
You don’t believe you can
You over analyze it.
You Won’t commit to it for a long enough time.
You Avoid it.
You Justify why you shouldn’t do it.

There are always excuses why we can’t get things done or reasons we can’t accomplish our goals. The more excuses we make the longer we have to Struggle. When I looked up the word struggle, the first couple of definitions used the phrase “contend.” Then it said “to advance violently.” The Struggle is a fight. A fight with something that is strong and will make you EARN the victory. Sometimes the fight is too hard, and our adversary too strong. Sometimes you don’t want to fight, you just want to give in. But if you allow it, it’s The Struggle that will make you stronger, because you’re not fighting anyone but yourself.
You judge yourselves based off what you THINK you SHOULD be able to do and what you’ve ACTUALLY DONE. And with most struggles, we don’t wait for the end of each fight before we pass judgement. But remember, with each victory you gain the knowlege that YES, you can do this. YES, you are capable of this, HOLY S**T you finally got it.
And despite my belief that you need to stop and celebrate, you can move on to the next task and await the next struggle. This time better prepared and with more confidence.

Train Hard.

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