One of the beauties of Crossfit is that you get to define success for yourself. If you want to become a regional or Games athlete, then that is your success and we support your pursuit of it. If your idea of success is completing 10 strict pull-ups in a row, we will work to get you there and celebrate when you make it.
But with the desire for success comes the threat of failure. So if you get to define success for yourself, what does it take to fail?
1. Be Absent
We will all miss days. There will be times when work demands extra time, when your body needs a day of rest, when you sleep through the alarm.
But consistently missing out will not only slow your progress, it will also kill any chance you have at reaching your goals.
2. Be Uncoachable
Even when you come, if you don’t listen to the coach, you will ultimately fail. In the best case scenario, not listening will lead you to missing PRs, failing reps, or not getting the most out of a workout.
In the worst case scenario it can lead to injury which will force you to be absent for a long period of time. Refer to number 1 for the result of that.
3. Negative thinking
Positive thinking will not lead you to beat Matt Fraiser in a handstand pushup competition. Let’s be honest, Superman would have a hard time beating Fraiser at that.
But when we come into a movement or a workout with a negative mindset we are ensuring our own failure. We will always rise or fall to the expectations we have of ourselves. As Sonny always says, “You know whether you will get that lift or not before you ever touch the bar. It all happens between your ears.”
4. Being Unprepared
You will not always know what the workout is going to be on a particular day. Maybe you prefer not to know. But you can always be prepared by making sure you eat right and drink enough water.
Coming into a workout even slightly dehydrated can lead to a disaster. Doing a run-heavy WOD after eating a five-pound burger the night before is certainly not going to help your time.
5. Not Redefining Success
As said earlier, you get to define success. But what happens after you get those 10 strict pull-ups? What happens after you get to compete at Regionals? If you refuse to find a new goal and shoot for it, you will definitely fail to progress.
Always look to reevaluate and redefine your success. Always strive for more.
Remember that the only person you are competing against is who you were yesterday. Beat that person’s PR or time. Keeping striving to be stronger, faster, more competent in the movements that you were last time.