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Mastering The Basics

“The urge to quickly move away from the basics and toward advanced movements arises out of the natural desire to entertain your client and impress him with your skills and knowledge. But make no mistake: It is a sucker’s move.”

-Greg Glassman

I have found this to be true on much more than a crossfit or gymnastics or Olympic weightlifting level. Yes…I have fallen into those traps several times. However, this truth goes beyond simply those elements of fitness in my life. This idea wraps itself into the baseball lessons I give, the coaching of my college players, and even my ministry and theology. I so often want to skip past mastering or even understanding the most basic levels for the sake of expertise that I wind up missing the point altogether. Missing the point causes injury emotionally, financially, mentally, spiritually, and/or physically to myself or, worse, those around me. When I move past the basics for the sake of entertainment, expertise, or pride I allow my life to become drastically out of order. My priorities become an artificial manifestation of a fantasy life rather than my life. “When first things are put first second things are not suppressed but increased” -CS Lewis.

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