We all act differently when faced with challenges - for most people the gut reaction to this particular question is what type of challenge is it, in my eyes, what's the difference?
So, I want to give you two different scenarios, the first is your ability to lift 15,000 lbs off the ground. . . at once - gut reaction:
1) Screw that
2) I am not gonna do that, so why bother
3) Cower in fear
4) Possibly shed a tear in frustration at an inability to achieve
A little bit of life's lessons have taught me that not even trying is worse than failure. So if we are going to try, let's try to be a little upbeat about it or better yet, confident about it! What qualms do you have with attempting? We do it all the time - we attempt to make good-tasting meals, there is no definite way of knowing that it will be delicious. We try to get a heavier lift, run a little faster, set new records for ourselves, we do this with confidence.
Sprint 100 yds in under 60 seconds, gut reaction:
2) Not worthwhile
3) I am not gonna do that, so why bother
4) Cower in fear
5) Possibly shed a tear in frustration at an inability to achieve
If you think something is easy, try harder, push yourself more. The scary thing about overconfidence is that it ties in with words like brash, cocky and reckless. Even if we think something is easy, it shouldn't be taken lightly. Especially when it comes to working out and working with our bodies. If we don't pay attention, we are prone to risk of injury - that we have created.
Lastly, I wanted to talk about the last 3 reasons from each scenario -
if you come to CrossFit or participate currently, forget ever saying the 1st of the three (I am not gonna do that, so why bother)
if you cower in fear, know that this family has a backbone that is stronger than a lumbar curve, we are each others support structure
if you possibly shed a tear in frustration at an inability to achieve, take a deep breath and recognize where you are, this isn't just about CrossFit, this is about everything. There are always setbacks, there are always minor impediments, but you have to find the workaround, you have to find the off-beaten path once in awhile. You gotta take baby steps in order to make bounding strides. I am gonna bet that whomever came up with the movement of the snatch was deadlifting and overheading squatting long before they made it an Olympic Event. And besides, you always got a Coach to help you along the way.
"Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all."
- Dale Carnegie