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Monday night was the last meeting for our Paleo Posse Challenge at CrossFit 818. The topic was one of my favorites, "Life After the Challenge". Those that complete these types of Paleo challenges see some incredible results, not only physically but mentally and emotionally. The common fear is that we will fall back into our old ways now! The structure, accountability, and the group will not be there when the challenge ends.....Or will it???
The BIG concerns are, "How do I stay on a roll?" or "I'm afraid I will fall back into my old ways." What can I do?!?! Here are 5 steps, when followed, will help you not only survive and stay on track, but THRIVE!
Role model: Being a role model is one of the most fulfilling things you can do in your life. When it stops becoming about you and your pursuit of the perfect body, and starts becoming about others you begin to act with purpose. And if your purpose is to help others, you find you end up helping yourself more than you thought was possible.
Education: Education feeds motivation. Knowledge is power! And when you continue to increase your knowledge you will began to empower yourself and begin to become unstoppable. Armen, Annie, Z and I were all CrossFit students and in your shoes at one point in our lives. We became so motivated and so inspired that we continued to do something about it and that has lead us to the position that we are in today. When you can plan you day, week and year with informative blogs (like this one:-), pod casts, books, audio programs, seminars and
certifications you can become wise beyond what you thought you had in you.
Associations: "The books you read and the people you meet will determine where you are in five years." -- Charlie 'Tremendous' Jones.
Do you ever notice how easy it is to eat healthy when the people around you are health conscious? How about the opposite?
If you want to be a millionaire? Hang around rich people.
If you want to be ripped? Hang around other FIT people.
CrossFit is so successful for a lot of us because it surrounds us with others that are just as motivated (or more), have similar goals and want the best for themselves. It is waay too easy to adapt to what the people around
you are doing. So be careful who you associate with, it makes a BIG difference.
Bring it back to what you know: We all have areas in our lives where we are experts and successful. The hard part about staying motivated is... staying motivated! Especially when it is something new and out of your comfort zone. When we get stagnate, drained, fatigued and we feel like stopping or giving in to our old self...STOP, DROP and revert to what you know. For example, I received an email from one of our athletes last week:
Need some secret sauce. What can I do better? more off? eat better? workout less? more? differently? Feel stagnant. Don't like this mortality stuff.
He was at a point where he was frustrated with everything. It was more about having a tough week with everything vs. what his actual question/frustration was. My response was to take it back to what you know. Being successful in FITness is using the same success principles as in finances, relationships, career, etc... His career is as a financial professional. So I asked him...
How would you treat your business growth? You are not going to make a million dollars over night, especially in the beginning! How would you tell someone to grow their portfolio? Treat your goals in CrossFit with other things in your life that you know (financial) and then translate it. That is your answer.
Success principles: This one springs off the last one. Whatever makes you successful in one area of your life, can make you successful in all other areas of your life. If you are dedicated to your work/career, then you can be dedicated to your health and FITness. If you are consistent with certain habits in some area's in your life than you can be in other areas of your life. It just takes you making it a priority, focusing on it daily, and with time it will transfer over to your goals.
What I recommend is coming back to this list every quarter and grading yourself on the development of each point.