Got this great message from http://comptrain.co/ and wanted to share. The company is run by Ben Bergeron who is an amazing coach and very cerebral. Read on!
You might have noticed that we’ve been all about #Earned lately.
We sent all of our individual and team Regional qualifiers white CompTrain t-shirts emblazoned with “Earned” on the back. We sent the same swag out to all of the CompTrain Masters and Teens athletes that advanced to the Age Group Online Qualifier.
We had some fun on Instagram with an “Earn It” campaign around our Games athletes. Over the last month or so, we have relentlessly deployed it as a hashtag on all of our social media.
Yes, the shirts looked cool on the Regionals floor (thanks guys!). The graphics got a lot of love on Instagram. But #Earned is deeper than a social media campaign.
It’s at the heart of who we are.
In the face extreme difficulty, #Earned is a reminder that results are reflection of our effort and our behavior.
Let’s unpack that:
Earning something implies difficulty. You can’t earn something without putting in work. There’s a word for that—given. Earned without struggle is like thunder without lightning. You might not have seen it, but trust me, it was there.
Most people naturally avoid struggle, consciously or unconsciously. CompTrain athletes are not like most people. When adversity finds us, we make a point of running into it headfirst. We do this because we understand an essential truth: that adversity is the only thing that makes us better.
Most of the time, #Earned is synonymous with results. That’s fine. We’re proud of those. But we’re more proud of what our results imply about what we became in the process—better.
Talent is Overrated
When we watch those at the top of their game perform on game day, it’s easier to say they are “talented” than it is to acknowledge that they have spent thousands of hours beating on their craft, lungs burning, exhausted, all when no one is watching.
When people think they see talent, what they really see is effort.
Effort is at the heart of #Earned.
There is very little genetic talent in the world. No one is born good at muscle-ups, running, walking on their hands, or Fran. Ninety-nine percent of the time, when people are good at things, it’s the result of dedication to a craft; to learning and improving over time. #Earned reminds us that the bright lights don’t make us shine—they only reveal the work we did in the dark.
The last element of #Earned reflects our behavior. #Earned is a choice. No one becomes world-class on accident. Katrin, Brooke and Cole are world-class because they decided to be.
#Earned implies something important—though easily forgotten—about the glitz and glamour around the CrossFit Games. That getting there is painful. That it is ugly. That it’s the result of years of hard work and learning from mistakes.
#Earned is a nod to the daily discipline. To all of the seemingly insignificant habits and choices that added up—over a very long period of time—to something extraordinary: The decision to go to that dark place in a workout (or not). The decision to return to that place, day after day, despite the pain that waits for you there (or not). The decision to go all-in on nutrition (or not). The decision to commit to warm-up and recovery protocols (or not). The decision to make sleep a priority (or not). The decision to improve your mental game (or not).
We are the sum of what we repeatedly do. #Earned is reserved for those among us who choose excellence every single time.
Embrace adversity—it’s the only thing that makes you better.
Focus on your effort—talent is a sugar-coated lie.
Choose excellence—every decision you make moves you closer or further away from your goals.
This is our ethos.
Successful people think with strong minds. They prepare themselves mentally every day so they are prepared to face the challenges in their lives that may arise. These seven fearless ways of thinking, compiled from Forbes, are ones you may want to consider implementing yourself:
1) Move On
Fearless people, successful people, are not afraid to move on in life. They do not “waste time feeling sorry for themselves,” because they know it is not productive to their end goal. “They have learned to take responsibility for their actions and outcomes, and have an inherent understanding of the fact that frequently life is not fair.” At the end of the day, fair is a child’s word. When people realize this, they stop dwelling on the past and bounce back from mistakes faster. This allows them to be more successful in life because they do not waste time being upset about things they cannot change. Instead, they use that time to productively work on conquering new goals.
2) Keep Their Power
“Mentally strong people avoid giving others the power to make them feel inferior or bad.” Rather than allowing the thoughts of the many different people they come across affect their way of thinking, successful people realize that everybody has different opinions and that not everybody’s opinions matter or should be taken personally. They know they are “in control of their actions and emotions. They know their strength is in their ability to manage the way they respond.” Even when the chips are down and the insults feel personal, successful people find a way to look ahead and ignore the people tearing them down.
3) Accept Change
There is an old adage that claims the only things that are certain in life are death and change. “Mentally strong people embrace change and they welcome challenge.” In order to change yourself, you have to challenge yourself. If you are not challenging yourself, you are going to stay in the same spot for the rest of your life or ultimately begin to slip backwards. Mentally strong people, fearless people, successful people think in a way that will allow them to make changes in their life and accept changes that come so that they can get stronger with each day. “An environment of change and even uncertainty can energize a mentally strong person and bring out their best.”
4) Take Calculated Risks
“A mentally strong person is willing to take calculated risks.” Successful people think that risks sometimes bring out the best results in life. They aren’t careless, but rather “weigh the risks and benefits thoroughly, and will fully assess the potential downsides and even the worst-case scenarios before they take action.” They don’t shy away from risks, but they don’t plunge into ones without thinking them through first. However, it is the risks in life that make life interesting and sometimes bring out the most incredible results. Successful people are wiling to take this chance when it makes sense to them.
5) Applaud Others’ Successes
Jealousy and resentment are both emotions that can be incredibly prohibiting to one’s success. “It takes strength of character to feel genuine joy and excitement for other people’s success. Mentally strong people have this ability.” You only get what you work for in life. Dwelling on the idea of unfair successes will get you nowhere. Successful people think, and they think correctly, that the successes of other people are not inversely tied with their own failures. They can recognize the difference between their own successes and the successes of others and realize that even if there is a possible connection, the focus that will provide the most beneficial outcome is for them to focus on their own journeys and successes.
6) Remain Resilient
“Every failure is a chance to improve.” Successful people fail, too. The difference is that they get back up and keep fighting. No successful person is where they are today because they just slipped through life as casually as an afternoon breeze in the autumn. Every person in this world who is truly successful has been tenacious and hard-working. “Mentally strong people are willing to fail again and again, as long as the learning experience from every ’failure’ can bring them closer to their ultimate goals.” Sometimes failure teaches you more than a win ever could.
Successful people think in terms of earning potential. They do not “feel the world owes them anything. Particularly in the current economy, executives and employees at every level are gaining the realization that the world does not owe them.” In order to be successful, it is vital that you think with a strong mind and work for your successes. They will never be handed to you on a silver platter. You must earn them and even when you think you’ve earned them, realize that sometimes you have to work four times as hard as you could have ever expected to get somewhere. Yet, successful people think, and think correctly, that if they work hard enough they will eventually earn the wins they want in life. The world may not owe them anything, but the world is much more likely to give them things if they work hard for them.