You Need a Push (and So Do I)
As you probably know, I jumped into CrossFit at the beginning of the year to try and revive my waning fitness routine.
I’ll write more on that later, but I wanted to share a recent experience from CrossFit and relate it to life. Last week we were doing a METCON that involved 3 rounds of hand-stand pushups (wall walks for me), a 5 Bear Complex, and a 200 meter ‘sprint’. The ‘buy out’ at the end was 3 muscle ups or 15 ring rows. I chose the latter. During my last round I was spent. I was down to the final 200 meters and my ring rows. With about 100 meters to go, I was through running. I wanted to walk. I wanted to stop.
My resolve was diminished, I didn’t care about time, I would be content just to finish.
About that time, I heard someone coming up behind me. As he got close, I heard the words, “You’re almost finished, buddy. Come on.” And as he ran by, he patted me on the shoulder and gave me a slight nudge.
That was just what I needed.
With that bit of encouragement, I picked up my pace, followed him in, and finished the workout.
Here’s the thing: this was a workout. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things. And this guy didn’t even know me. He is in country visiting for a few weeks from Sydney, Australia. And he is in WAY better shape than me, pulling the RX for this workout. There wasn’t anything for him to gain by pushing me on.
But then what he was doing wasn’t about him. The camaraderie developed during a shared pursuit, however momentary and seemingly insignificant, prompted him to encourage me, to not let me quit, to see me finish giving nothing short of my best.
We need this in our lives.
Life is a much greater and much more costly pursuit than CrossFit. The stakes are higher, the potential greater, and the reward for a life well lived–priceless. Who are the people in your life that will push you to the end? Where are the ones who will not let you settle for mediocre, not let you quit? Do you have those people in your life? Can you list their names? Do you surround yourself with people who place your best interests above their own?
If you don’t have those people in your life, you need to find them. I have realized this year that I need to forge, deepen, and sustain these kinds of relationships. Without them, at best I’ll settle for less. At worst, I won’t finish. I’m taking steps to get pushed.
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