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Are You Mentally Tough?

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Mental Toughness

One of the big points in the book is the “will to power”, which basically means that when you conquer yourself and get rid of everything that has once held you back, you can “will” yourself to do anything. This is really difficult to achieve, but think about how much it could help if you just strive for it. If every time you have a bad day, or feel a negative emotion, or have a bad workout, you “will” yourself out of the poor mindset, refusing to let it beat you down, and just continue your journey in becoming the best you can be. I’m not saying you can be like this every day, but the important issue is that you are truly DOING it. You’ll slip up, you’ll still have bad days, but as long as your moving forward, and not letting yourself continue to slip, then there’s nothing you can’t do.

Mental toughness for me has always been hard to explain. I’ve never really thought that I was mentally tough, but the reason why I was successful in meets is because I KNEW what I was capable of. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to quit lifting, or give up, but I didn’t because I committed to what I was doing. That was one thing Mom and Dad taught us that is invaluable; to never quit. When you commit to whatever it is in life, make sure it’s a positive direction, and just don’t quit. Fight with all of your being to achieve what you set out to, and know that you’re becoming a better person because of it. So even if you have a bad day, or hate Crossfit, or lifting, or school, or whatever it is, you can still have the confidence that what you’re doing is making you better in some way, and that is a beautiful feeling.

A lot of this may not seem like it pertains to mental toughness, but when you think about it, what does that mean anyway? Toughness means you fight through pain, or discomfort, and continue striving forward. But why would you do this in the first place? It seems against our nature to put ourselves through pain and discomfort, so why bother? The answer is this; because we are committed to making ourselves better, committed to be something greater than what we currently are. Think about the people who are tough, the one thing they have in common is that they’ve committed to something. Whether it’s becoming healthy, smarter, a better parent, or a Crossfit Games champion, they decided it was what they wanted, and they didn’t care how hard it became, or what obstacles showed up, nothing was going to stop them from following through with the decision they made.

The last thing I’m going to say is that while all of this seems draining, and challenging, it also has to be fun. Commitments can be joyous, they don’t have to be discouraging and hard all the time. I committed to being a husband, that doesn’t mean it’s a burden. It’s challenging, and tough at times, but I love every minute of it because I DECIDED that it was what I wanted to be. So take comfort in knowing that no matter what decision you make, or what direction you want to pursue, it’s going to be amazing because it’s your path, your decision, your direction. There’s beauty in the successes and the failures of your journey. Soak up every ounce of it and know that you’re becoming a better human being. “

If you aren’t in it to win it, you won’t

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As great as the competition was on Saturday, it left me wiped out. My shoulders and traps are tight and sore. Who would think that burpees could cause so much uncomfort? They seem so innocent but doing 10 a minute for 7 mins is just carazy!!  On the CrossFit Games scoreboard – there are athletes who have done 140-150 in 7m. I can not even imagine that many in 7m. I am in awe of their skills.

Today’s workout was a hero workout — hard and created in honor of a fallen hero —

In honor of USAF SSgt Timothy P. Davis, 28, who was killed on Feburary, 20 2009 supporting operations in OEF when his vehicle was struck by an IED. Timothy is survived by his wife Megan and one-year old son T.J.

Warmup
400m run
x3–
10 Good Mornings
5 Dead Hang Pull ups
5 Hand Stand holds

Skill
Deadlift
Push Press
Hang Clean

WOD

“DT”

5 rounds for time (5 RFT)

12 Deadlifts #155
9 Hang power cleans #155
6 Push presses #155

time: 10:24

I started with 75# but after a few hang cleans on the first round, I just couldn’t do it. My hands,forearms were fatigued and my shoulders were hurting.  And to be honest, mentally I just wasn’t into it. That combo — I said forget it and went down to 65# and it was still a struggle. It’s true about how the power comes from your mind. If you aren’t in it to win it, you won’t. Plain and simple….

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