Brain Power: 11/15/10

Posted: November 15, 2010 in CrossFit
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Reading some other CrossFit Blogs is a really fun way for me to feel more “connected” to this community of people from around the world. Every once and a while, there are blog posts that stick out more than others.

The one I want to share with you today will probably mean more to CrossFitters than other athletes, but it’s still something we can all relate to on a personal level. The article is from the CrossFit Lisbeth blog. What is this blog? Here’s a quote straight from the page:
“CrossFit Lisbeth is a repository for the CrossFit writings of Lisbeth Darsh, Director of Social Media for CrossFit, Inc.”

Yeah. CrossFit, Inc. has a Director of Social Media. And she has a blog. She writes about whatever she thinks might strike a chord with CrossFitters to make this “fitness program” register as more than just a daily workout with us. I would LOVE to work with Lisbeth at some point!
~ “Hey, what do you do for a living?”
~ “I try to help people put more meaning behind the impact that their dedication to physical and mental fitness has on every aspect of their life. I help people see how much they’re helping themselves on a level far more important than just being able to lift more weight, faster and more efficiently.”
As a coach, that’s my dream every day, and Lisbeth is writing some great stuff to help people visual that.

The post from today is entitled: “What If the Whiteboard Was Blank?”

Click here to read it.


After you read the post, I want you to think about the “Whiteboards” in your life. What outside forces or expectations of others are you using as measuring sticks to your own life, merit and success?

My message for you:
Start setting some goals and expectations for yourself… that were made by YOU. That’s why I am getting so much into “Goal Setting” with you guys. I want your success to be based primarily on the expectations you have set for yourself. Put less importance on what other people do, what they have, etc. Life should be about achieving goals that mean something to you. Worry less about conforming to someone else’s standards, and be comfortable in your own skin.

A video from the CrossFit Main Site that was posted yesterday hit that same chord for me. This video, featuring some of the most elite CrossFitters in the world, shares their perspective of how they view working out, the balance between CF and their personal lives and how they try to manage the expectations of others. It’s a fascinating video, and something that hits me for sure.

Put things in perspective, and do what it takes to get where you want to go, and do more things in life for you.

Post your thoughts on this post in the Comments. I want to know what you guys think.

Here’s the video.

  1. Travis says:

    I agree that the setting goals is extremely important and a very powerful concept, but its easier said than done. I have my goals, but constantly loose track of them. For me it was much easier to keep sight of my goals and track them in high school than it is today in the “real world” with the constant information overload! How do people manage their goals, keep tabs on their goals and track their goals today? What are some successful approaches?

    As a “Wanna Be Serial Internet Entrepreneur” I was actually searching for a cloud based answer to this questions a while back and came up with the concept of crowd sourcing support for goals online. I have not yet figured out the details on how to make it a reality, but I think their is an opportunity to leverage the connectivity and social nature of the internet to help people keep track of and achieve their goals. Without a live site, I guess I can start here….

    My goal is to move to Colorado and get in the best shape of my life under the CrossFit Program. I have already started doing the WODs again in my local gym and hope to keep it up all the way to my move up there, when I can get some official training.

    There I said it. Who is going to help me keep track of that goal?

    P.S. If anyone is a programmer and wants to help me build my site, please let me know 😉

  2. Travis, you know who will help you keep on track for your goals when you get into town, so come on down to CrossFit Lakewood. We’ll get you in the best shape of your life for sure.

    I have been saying for a while now that documenting your goals is a great way to keep yourself accountable for them, so I’m excited to work with you on this new project.

    One of my goals, in the “short term”, is to break 900 for my CrossFit Total by my next birthday.

  3. Well, I guess it’s important to follow up with the goals we set…

    Yesterday at the “Earn Your Turkey Challenge” I attained, and surpassed my goal of a 900lb Total. Instead, I shot straight up to 920. I’m pretty happy with that! 🙂

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