Learning to Appreciate the Process

(I didn’t think it would be nice to post a picture of someone else’s fail, so here I am failing. Bet you can guess what word was starting to come our of my mouth. Hint- I’m still working on failing with a little bit of grace.)

This article has been floating around the internet for over nine months, so maybe you have already read it. If so, read it again and REALLY take it in. If you haven’t read it yet, I suggest you do the same. With the end of the 2017 CrossFit Open season and the end of the I AM SWITCH nutrition challenge this week, I think this read is especially relevant for us all.

The broad topic that is focused on is too often overlooked in many aspects of our lives. As humans, we tend to compare ourselves to others on a daily basis. Our extreme usage of social media only magnifies this habit, as we are only exposed to the “good stuff”. We see PRs, but rarely see all of the blood, sweat, and tears that built up to that moment. We don’t see the hours of technique work, training, and failed attempts. We see pictures of happy couples and families, but rarely to we recognize the work that is put into a successful relationship. A friend got a huge promotion and we all applaud. A classmate that started CrossFit at the same time you did just got their first pull up and you can’t seem to get past that purple band.

We wonder why we haven’t had the same luck, but we don’t think about the fact that these things have very little to do with luck. We all live separate lives, are built differently, and require different paths to reach the same destination. This doesn’t mean that we have to torture ourselves and live in misery until we reach our goals or destination. This just means that we have to learn to love the process. Put in the hard work, weather the storm, and enjoy the success when it comes.