Thursday, June 30, 2011

Coming Back For More

What is it about CrossFit that keeps us coming back for more? Is it the WOD, the people, the competition, the personal record (PR), the spiritual feeling? Maybe it's a combination of all of those things...with one being more predominant than the other, on any given day. The bottom line: we keep coming back for more.

Whether you are working out on your own or with others, the WOD will get done. We feel a certain loyalty to the WOD, be it the main site, another affiliate's workout, or your own. We owe it to CrossFit to get it done. But why? What drives us? What keeps us coming back for more? I believe it is because we feel we are a part of something that is much more significant than ourselves.

I am not a sociologist, but I strongly believe that we are driven by purpose--a purpose much larger than our own course. We have an inherent notion to want to contribute to our own institution. But how do we do that? In the best capacity that we see fit, with regard to our own personal strengths and convictions.

In the end, it does not matter what keeps you coming back, it is just the fact that you do.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Manifest Destiny

Tree, rings, and will.
Who has daydreamed before? All of us, right? I would say that daydreaming occupies about 25% of my day. Is that such a bad thing? I think it's a GREAT thing. However, if all we do is DREAM and not ACT, then what is the point of it all, right? About a week or so ago, my day [life] dream inched closer to reality.

After months of hearing how wonderful Portland, Oregon is, my wife and I finally had the opportunity to form our own opinions. The rumors were confirmed: Portland is wonderful. Our two-week visit reaffirmed our decision to "go west" at the end of the year. I will admit: the fears, uncertainties, and risks are there. I am a very happy man; however, I am through with just being content with my "purpose". Because, I truly believe that what drives man to great things is, simply stated, purpose.

My very first and foremost purpose is to be the best possible husband and father that I can be. Second to that, is to affect a positive impact on the lives of others. Through CrossFit, I firmly believe that I can achieve this. Even if it is on a relatively small scale; I know this is what I need to do.

The training never stops. And at the end of the year, the [CrossFit] training will continue, and never stop for whoever trusts me and my great friends and colleagues, with improving their fitness and quality of life.