The other day I experienced a few setbacks at work. Nothing major, just a kink or two to get in the way of a smooth path towards our goals. I felt a little deflated and needed some inspiration, so I googled "setbacks + quotations," and found, among others, the following quotation...
"I think exercise tests us in so many ways,our skills, our hearts, our ability to bounce back after setbacks. This is the inner beauty of sports and competition, and it can serve us all well as adult athletes." Peggy Flemming
I thought of all of the CrossFit workouts (and there are many) during which I really felt like I might fail (not make the lift, not complete the reps or not even finish) and somehow still found the mental and physical fortitude to push through the pain, doubt and fear to succeed. Sometimes the success came right away, and sometimes after many weeks of training and practice. Without a doubt, my skill, heart and ability to bounce back continue to grow and improve as I train. This has truly been a life lesson. CrossFit has taught me that there is often more inside of me than I am aware of, that I can achieve more than I expect with extra effort, determination and perseverance, and in some ways, that anything is possible. This is the inner beauty of CrossFit and it follows me everywhere. It reminds me that not only am I stronger in my muscles, but I am also stronger in my heart - the kind that pumps my blood and the kind that pumps my resolve.