The Last Stretch

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Do you give up too soon?

Just recently I started doing CrossFit at CGYFit. CrossFit is a core strength and conditioning program that incorporates elements from high-intensity interval training, plyometrics, weightlifting, powerlifting and gymnastics. It’s a pretty brutal combination that is designed to push you to your limits.

I’ve been going to the gym regularly for almost 2 years already and although I enjoy it, CrossFit is a whole new ball game. It tests my endurance and pushes me to the next level both physically and mentally. In CrossFit you are given a specific time frame to complete the WOD (Work Out of the Day). As soon as you finish the workout, you yell out “time!” and your time is recorded. Most WOD’s are just under an hour. So it’s fast, its furious. And you get to rest only when you are done. It’s often difficult to finish the whole cycle within the time allotted if you are new – unless you are already in excellent physical condition. The coaches are pretty strict with form too. If you execute it incorrectly it’s considered a “no rep” and you have to do it again. CrossFit not only allows you to compete with other people but also with yourself. Because every workout is timed, you get to track your progress.

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What I learned by doing CrossFit is that the last minute counts even more than the first. On the last minute, the coaches don’t allow you to give up. They motivate you and do everything to keep you going. You have to keep on pushing until the clock stops ticking. It’s easy to keep going when you are still starting out – when you still have the enthusiasm and energy to fuel you. But on the last minute, when you just want to collapse because you are already dead tired, that’s when it counts the most. It’s no longer strength that drives you, it’s heart.

Success is a lot like CrossFit. Before you can achieve success, you have to put in a lot of hard work. You have to endure hardships, face different trials and overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. But if you don’t give up, you will reap the reward. Many start out strong, but so few finish the race. Why? Because most people give up on the last stretch.

 It’s always too soon to quit.

The last stretch is where it counts the most. This is where you do your best and give it your all. The last stretch is what makes the difference. It’s what separates the winners from the losers.

 Always make your goals and dreams greater than your discomfort. – Gary Ryan Blair

According to Gary Ryan Blair, every person who has ever been legitimately successful has formed the habit of doing things that others don’t like to do. This includes pushing yourself a little bit more when you feel like giving up. And this is why an epic life is achieved only by a minority of people – 5% of the population. So few people stretch out of their comfort zones. They prefer to live life on the sidelines – safe and secure. Living an epic life requires an enormous threshold of discomfort and inconvenience because of the many sacrifices involved. Living an epic life requires that you stick it out till the end.

Everyone is running a race. How are you doing with yours?

Don’t give up no matter how tired you are. Rest if you must but don’t quit. Finish the race. The last stretch is where it matters most.

Go live a Truly Wealthy life!

-Alex

 

 

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