One Thing I Learned Watching the Crossfit Games

Over the course of the last few evenings the Crossfit Games have been closely watched at our house. Husband has been doing Crossfit for over a year now and it has been a huge plus in his life. I am so proud of his commitment to working out and the discipline it takes to show up at the gym week in and week out. I’ve watched him find an awesome community where everyone is cheering everyone else on, where everyone is accepted right where they are and everyone wants to see everyone else succeed. The last one done is cheered on more loudly than the first one done.

All of these elements were on display this weekend at the highlight event of the Crossfit world. Even though athletes were competing against each other, there were moments when they would help each other and cheer each other on. It was breathtaking.

What struck me the most though, was this. Going into the last few events, Rich Froning, the men’s Crossfit Games Champion for the past three years was leading by only a narrow margin. He knew he would have to win practically every heat in order to win. And then came the last event. As it was being announced, I noticed that many of the competitors were shaking their heads “no” – it was going to be a tough one. But not Rich. I noticed immediately that he was doing the opposite of what most of the other guys were doing. He wasn’t shaking his head in a negative, he was nodding his head. I could almost hear the self-talk that was going on in that arena. Some were saying, “No way, this is going to be tough,” while Rich was saying, “Yes, I can do this!” And in that moment, so much became clear. Attitude has a huge impact on how we finish in so many areas of our lives.

Froning went on the win the heat and the 2014 Crossfit Games, declared the Fittest Man on Earth for the fourth year in a row. Yes, he is fit. But he also has the mindset and attitude that makes him a winner – in Crossfit and in life.

What challenges are you facing today? How will you approach the starting line? With a shake of your head, or with a nod? It could make all the difference.

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2 thoughts on “One Thing I Learned Watching the Crossfit Games

  1. Is the church an awesome community where everyone is cheering everyone else on, where everyone is accepted right where they are and everyone wants to see everyone else succeed. The last one done is cheered on more loudly than the first one done???

    • Thank you for bringing this up! I was thinking about that very thing the entire time I was writing this piece, and how the the broader culture often gets this better than the church does.

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