Watching TV led to a profound discovery this week. Those are words I never thought I’d write in a blog on paleo and crossfit! My family and I are currently addicted to the TV series “Smallville”. We are watching it from the start and up to about season 3 (of 10 that have been made). For those of you unfamiliar, it is the story of Clark Kent as an adolescent, growing up and learning about life on the way to becoming a superhero. Yesterday, while watching, I realised something totally amazing….Clark has no idea he can fly. He has no idea that he will not only fly, but become famous for that very ability. He has no concept, not the faintest glimmer of belief or even a dream that he will be able to this amazing thing as easy as breathing one day in the future. It’s unimaginable. Why is this so profound I hear you ask and what the hell does it have to do with crossfit!? I can’t believe in my wildest dreams I will ever do a muscle up. I cant even do a pullup without a band. When I started crossfit I couldn’t ever imagine doing a handstand let alone a handstand push-up. Now, not only can I do a handstand, I did my first negatives this morning; one step closer to the unimaginable. It got me thinking. I am just like superman! No I can’t fly, but I can’t even begin to realise what I am capable of in the future. I will be doing things I never dreamed I could do. What an exciting concept that its! The power of positive thinking and not limiting our amazing capabilities with flawed self beliefs. Watch this space, for amazing things are going to happen! One day, may even see me flying (crossfit style) on the muscle up rings!
The power of self belief and how it can lead us to achieving the unimaginable was never more evident to me than yesterday. My training buddy and I went to watch a local crossfit competition and support some of our training buddies who were competing. There were some amazing athletic performances, but these weren’t the most inspiring things for me. There were two incredible moments of heart bursting pride that stood out to me. The first was watching an unknown male competitor fail repeatedly whilst trying to do pistols. He failed and failed and failed again, and every time, despite his failure, he got up and tried again. His tenacity and determination were simply inspiring. There’s something in that for all of us. The second was seeing 2 training buddies, who had confessed some serious concerns with clean and jerk weights in one of their workouts, lift way beyond their self thought capabilities, not once, but multiple times. The sheer exhiliration they exhibited at their fabulous success and the pride we felt for them was simply joyful. We can all be superheroes, we just need to believe that we can, one small, ecstatic step at a time!
Everyone has a story of the journey in their lives that got them to this point in time. We often make alot of assumptions about those around us, judging a book by its cover, so to speak. I train with a lot of lean, amazing looking chicks. I have often thought how easy it is for them, with their inbuilt love of healthy clean eating, Not having to fight the daily battles with food like I do. There might be one or two others that battle their food demons and understand, but the others would never get it. Then I had a conversation with one of these girls after we had struggled through a particularly difficult WOD together. She is beautiful with a to die for figure and beautiful personality to boot. I’ll admit to you (here in confidence) I’ve often envied her shape and wished I could look as amazing. Much to my surprise, she told me she used to weigh 30 kg more than she does now. It really made me think, I had just assumed she was naturally buff and that it required little effort. I had just assumed she would never understand how hard it can be for someone like me. Hell, how wrong was I making all these assumptions! She might not look like me on the outside, but she understands what it’s like to be in my shoes. She still carries many of the doubts of the big girl she used to be. She has worked hard and still works hard to have her amazing body and glow of health.
What we look like on the outside is one thing, but more important is how we look on the inside. Some days, I am an elite crossfitter. It’s true! In my mind, I am buff, strong and unstoppable. On those days watch me roar! On some days I think I am an overweight, weak, unfit, give up before I start type of girl. On those days watch me fail. It is all about my self belief. It is all about having faith. I really learnt this doing the crossfit open workouts this year. I entered the open feeling immense doubt about whether I was good enough, intensely worried I would be humiliating myself 5 weeks consecutively. I was so anxious before the first workout you would think I was trying to qualify for the regionals! Well, I managed to lift weights I had never done before, push myself harder than I ever thought I could go, and surpass all sorts of self imposed limits I had placed on myself. I impressed even myself and I’m the hardest person of all to impress. Even on the last 2 workouts which contained movements I couldn’t do, I spent several minutes, futilely attempting said movements, supported by my training crew so positively, that it could be nothing but a positive experience.
And in the end, isn’t that what it’s all about? A positive experience? Feeling better about yourself? Feeling happier in your life?
And that has been one of my greatest discoveries in this life…Positive thinking, that’s the secret source of power of all superheroes. (Let’s face it, it takes a lot of self confidence and inner positivity to fight crime dressed like this on a regular basis!) 🙂