Now that that’s out of the way, we’re going to talk about one of the core concepts of CrossFit and life: doing the hard thing. Taking the longer route. Going the extra mile.
A few months ago, we told you that in any given workout, you are only operating at forty percent of your physical capacity. We encouraged you to push your limits and find your edge, because as we always say, growth only happens at the edge of your comfort zone.
In the coming weeks, we’re going to talk about ways you can push yourself in your physical workouts and your WODs, including some tips and tricks that our coaches and members use to push themselves further when they’re gasping for breath and their legs are bursting with lactic acid.
Today our focus is more broad. How can you push yourself in your day-to-day life? How can you change your mentality from one that avoids discomfort to a mentality that actively seeks and embraces discomfort?
One phrase. Do the hard thing.
Whenever you are faced with a decision, think about which one is easier, which is more difficult, and which will push you, whether physically or emotionally.
You need to get home and don’t have a car. Should you take a Lyft home, or walk a mile? Do the hard thing. Walk a mile.
You need to go to work. Should you drive there, or ride your bike? Do the hard thing. Ride your bike.
You have a paper due in two weeks. Should you watch television or work on your paper? Do the hard thing. Write your paper.
You’ve got the sugar cravings and really want a giant slice of cake, but you know that you have a competition in the morning and the sugar crash will hurt your performance. Should you give in, or walk away? Do the hard thing. Walk away.
You work in retail and you walk past a merchandise table that has been attacked by the monster that is Holiday Customer. Should you keep walking by, or stop to straighten the table? Do the hard thing. Straighten the table.
You’re unhappy with something in your life – from the weather to your unfriendly neighbor. Should you complain, or refuse to speak out of frustration? Do the hard thing. Speak positively. Even if it feels like you’re faking it, refuse to ruminate upon and vocalize those complaints.
We are independent beings, faced with infinite choices throughout the day. The Do The Hard Thing concept applies in every area of your life, in every choice that you make – and will force you to be more mindful of your actions and motivations.
As you consistently practice Doing The Hard Thing, you will notice your worldview changing, shifting, expanding. You will develop inner strength and a higher discomfort tolerance. You will start to crave new experiences. You will notice your five senses more and will live a fuller life. You will start to see life as an adventure, not merely an existence!
So try it. Start small – go do your dishes or laundry (can you tell I’m coaching myself here?). Make dinner instead of ordering it, take your dog on an extra-long walk, and roll out your painfully tight calves. (Still coaching myself.) Whatever it is, do it with gusto, and confidence – because you are mindfully choosing to get out of your comfort zone and Do The Hard Thing.
Let us know how it goes!
This post is inspired by two things: Coach Matt (we both had the same idea, but the title and some examples are his!) and CrossFit in general. CrossFit Sabertooth is one of the places that I learned how to Do The Hard Thing, and if you’re new to our community, we’d love to welcome you and help you get out of your comfort zone too. Head to https://linktr.ee/crossfitsabertooth to set up your own private intro session.