The 2017 CrossFit Games are over, the Fittest Woman, Man, and Team on Earth have been crowned. Spectators head back to their boxes with a new sense of inspiration to push just a little bit harder, while most of the Games competitors are soaking up a bit of vacation, cheat meals, and relaxation before they start their journey towards the 2018 CrossFit Games. (Just check their instagram!)

Watching an event like the CrossFit Games usually brings about a slew of emotions for the spectators, especially in the sport of CrossFit because whether you are a professional athlete or just Cindy Lou that is trying to stay fit to keep up with her kids, we’re all doing CrossFit when it comes to training. Granted, the professional athletes are taking all aspects to a different level, but there are definitely things that can be learned from their dedication to the sport and then can be transferred to our daily life.

Ben Bergeron takes us through the journey of coaching Katrin Davidsdottir and Matt Fraser through the 2016 CrossFit Games in his new book: Chasing Excellence. Not only is it a great read, but the many traits that his professional athletes gained, we can also strive to take those with us into our daily lives. Let’s focus on a few ways that the non-professional CrossFitters can chase excellence throughout our daily life.

  • Commitment 
    • Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work. –Thomas Edison
    • Excellence in the form of commitment requires short-term pain for long-term gain. The professionals get up early and train because most of the time they have so much work to put in during the day, it has to start at 5am. This can easily be said of anyone; get up and get your workout in before going to work so that you know it is done and out of the way. We aren’t all early birds and thats ok. I also believe that this is the same example of skipping out on the after work happy hour to make it to the gym and get that class in. Getting up early or skipping happy hour may not exactly be painful, but it might be that short-term discomfort that gets you to the healthy life you’re chasing.
  • Grit
    • Today I will do what others won’t so tomorrow I can do what others can’t. – Jerry Rice
    • Grit is when things get hard, you push harder; when you fail, you get back up stronger; when you don’t see results, you don’t get discouraged, but you continue to pound away day after day. Many think grit is only apparent when it comes to working out, but let’s look at it in the work place. Are you starting from the ground floor and think you’ll never be supervisor? You probably won’t if you quit early and do just enough, but what about that co-worker that is busting their tail day in and day out, making sure they are doing all their responsibilities plus asking for more….they’ve got grit. Take a quick eval of your workday and see how productive you are; turn it up a notch and go after that promotion!
  • Positivity
    • It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see. – Henry David Thoreau
    • Having the mindset of an optimist is a characteristic of elite performers because what the mind focuses on and talks about is what we see more of. Take a second and think about nutrition. Most people are heavily negative in this area and continue to tell themselves that they’ll never lose weight, they’ll never look good, they’ll never have muscles. A person will hit the gym hard and eat right on point for a few weeks and then get discouraged because they’re progress is slower than they want then they’ll throw all that effort away and chalk up the slow progress to being big boned or bad genetics. Stop for a second and listen how you talk to yourself; would you talk that way to your children? I challenge you to take the positive road and correct the negative self talk the next few weeks and see how your mood and progress might just change for the better.

These are just a few simple traits that we, the everyday Joe, can take away from the Fittest Woman and Man on Earth. Every day isn’t going to be rainbows and butterflies, but if we commit a little harder, attack each day with a little extra grit, and arm ourselves with a positive attitude, things that always seem to go the wrong way, might just change for the better!

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