Food for Thought: A Better Definition of Success

The following is an excerpt from the Tabata Times. Click the link to read the full article.

Blame Is About The Past. Responsibility Is About The Present And Future.

“Success is doing the best you can with what you have where you are.”  — Mark Batterson

How often do we continue to look outside of ourselves and our circumstances for a measuring stick of our success? She has the bigger house and nicer car. He has the better job and bigger salary. They have the more talented kids and bigger budget. Yada, yada yada. It’s all noise and it’s all completely irrelevant to you. If you allow yourself to blame others or your circumstances for where you stand, then you are living in the past and that is no way to get where you want to go. Taking responsibility, accepting what holds true, and preparing for your best is the only way to move forward.

How many stories of individuals changing their lives for the better ever start with, “He/She only cared what other people thought or had and dwelled on what he/she didn’t have?” None. Those stories often involve action and determination to achieve something better because these people put their blinders on and worked with what they had control over: themselves. You are in the driver’s seat; if you’re spending all of your time watching the rear-view mirror or coveting and trying to catch up with the cars that are going faster, you’ll wind up in an accident. Instead, go at the speed you’re comfortable working with and get to your destination when it’s appropriate. Short-cuts on the road to excellence are dead-ends.

Only top-level professional athletes can train multiple times a day, eat a perfectly balanced diet that fuels them, and sleep as long as their body requires to recover on a regular basis. If you have a demanding full-time job, responsibilities to a family, and any number of real-life challenges to that lifestyle, you must take the appropriate first step and forgive yourself. When you come into WOD a couple times a week, make every attempt to eat healthy, balanced meals, and push yourself during your workouts, you are doing everything you can with what you have where you are. You can’t change the realities of your life; but you can change how you utilize them to inspire your future success. I’ve said it to many parents before, especially moms who say, “Well, I’ve had X kids, I’ll never be able to look like Y or find time to do Z” :

Make your kids a reason, not an excuse.

Don’t assign blame, take responsibility, and take control of your future. Commit to what you can control, put the blinders on, and just go. You’ll never get anywhere doing anything else.

So for this next week, read and re-read the quote above and make it your mantra. Use it when you’re out of breath during a WOD and see how much easier it is to pick up the weight or drop down for your next burpee. Say it to yourself when you look at your result on the board or input it in our online database. Write it on a sticky note and put it right next to the reader on your scale and say it before you step on and immediately after. Or, even better, cover up that number with the sticky note and forget about reading that silly little number. When you’re at work and frustrated after your boss reams you or you lose a client, say it to yourself, or even out loud, and take action to prove it.

Do the best you can with what you have where you are right now. It will get you to where you want to be.