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Coach's Blog

Reflection

By Rob | In Coach's Blog | on April 28, 2013

Sometimes we get so involved in that that when certain things hit us it can rock us to the core. Something like that hit me Saturday morning to remind me of life’s preciousness and to try not to sweat the small stuff and appreciate the little things that are important. The bit of news I received Saturday also reminded me of why I do what I doe. Through some old college friends, I found out that one of my roommates from college passed away this week at the age of 45. That is my age. This seemed to criss-cross with some things that I have been thinking about CrossFit and life in general.

Get to vs Have to

As CrossFit West Houston grew from a hobby business (me in 2009, “I will train about 50 people, it will be fun and a nice second income.”) to a real business (me in 2010, after Sandra lost her job and was 5 months pregnant, “Holy Sh*t! This is real! Now it’s on me to feed the family!”) The volume in my life was turned up to the max. “Have to” became a common part of my thinking and mindset. Thoughts like:

  • I have to answer these emails from members.
  • I have to to get up and coach the 5 AM class.
  • I have to enter the WOD on the website.
  • I have to get more athletes signed up
  • I have to figure out the finances and accounting.
  • I have to get more equipment.
  • I have to start eating Paleo.
  • I have to Deadlift.
  • I have to clean the gym.
  • I have to take my son to Jiu Jitsu.
  • I have to clean up the dishes.

In reality what I should have been thinking is that I “Get To”.  Had I thought that I get to, wouldn’t that have changed the perepective? Hell yes, instead of being enslaved by have to, I could have been liberated by get to. Look how different that can become:

  • I get to answer the emails from the awesome people that are members of CrossFit West Houston.
  • I get to get up and coach the 5 AM class.
  • I get to enter the WOD on the website.
  • I get to have more athletes sign up to make an even bigger community.
  • I get to figure out finances.
  • I get to buy more equipment.
  • I get to eat Paleo.
  • I get to Deadlift.
  • I get to clean the gym for the memebers.
  • I get to take my son to Jiu Jitsu.
  • I get to clean up the dishes.

Huge difference from one to the other. It is perspective! What do you normally “have to”? Would changing those things to “get to” make it more appealing? I bit it might. Try it. See if you have a different outlook. It took sad news for me to really understand the whole get to vs have to perspective. What if I couldn’t get to do anything? Perhaps I should I appreciate the things I get to do, worry less about things that have to get done. In the end, I don’t have to do anything when I can get to do everything.

2 Comments to "Reflection"

  • Lance Odom says:

    April 29, 2013 at 5:40 am - Reply

    Word!

  • Paul says:

    April 29, 2013 at 10:06 am - Reply

    Exactly right Rob. Trying to look at everything through a positive outlook makes a huge difference in life.

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