Your awesomeness isn’t defined by your rank, by a sponsorship, or by being interviewed on TV. Your awesomeness is defined by the effort you put in to simply seeking to improve yourself and following through on that commitment.
I do Crossfit. I have for about 4 years now. Today is the beginning of the “crossfit season” which begins with the Worldwide Open. Every person that wants to sign up to test themselves for the next 5 weeks is given the opportunity to sign up, compete, and potentially move on. Most of us will never get that shot to move on. Only about 500 athletes actually move on to the next stage, but that doesn’t take any of the fun away from it.
We get the opportunity to test ourselves against last year; we see where we have improved, by how much, and where we can improve further. For those of us that will never show up on TV at the Crossfit Games, it is certainly meant to be a fun experience that we do with our friends and use it to measure and spur on our personal growth.
For everyone participating in the Crossfit Open this year, I have a message for you: You are awesome. Seriously. You get up at 5 am or leave work and go to the gym at 6pm to go do things that most people think you’re crazy for so you can simply be better at how you want to live. For that you should be proud. Don’t let a number of your rank in the world or a workout that you did last year define you. You live life everyday. You deal with struggles, illness, dance recitals, sports practices, and paying bills. Your awesomeness isn’t defined by your rank, by a sponsorship, or by being interviewed on TV. Your awesomeness is defined by the effort your put in to simply seeking to improve yourself and following through on that commitment. You may never get a toe to bar, a muscle up, or a handstand push up but the simple fact that you are constantly working toward that means that you are far ahead of anyone who isn’t doing that.
So enjoy these next 5 weeks. Enjoy the friendships, the competition, and, yes, even the pain because this is a celebration of how awesome you are and how far you’ve come!