May 15, 2012

Tuesday Attitude: Committed

“There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.”

Friday May 18: 930am class CNX
Friday May 18: 530pm Friday Night Lights
Saturday May 19: GYM CLOSED FOR GTN!
Sunday May 20: 8am Sunday Special

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    Wicasa Yatapika May 15, 2012 Reply

    Sometimes MD throws some prose out there that just places a pen to paper for me…today is one of those days…

    Interest is the easier, softer way, it allows you to come and go on a whim. Everybody likes to be interested in something because it can be convenient. Convenience is a scourge on society because it justifies laziness and sloth. If I had a nickel for every time I heard someway say, “I’ll start tomorrow…” I would be retired in my mountain top shack with my bikes, books and writing materials, building elaborate devices that go…??%#$%!

    Commitment at first glance has the appearance of hard and difficult but that’s not it. Its fear and the lack of discipline. Slice it anyway you want but there it is. Fear in fight or flight context is healthy. But in today’s technologically advanced world where nature has been venerated and man has “disconnected” himself from his roots, fear or may I say irrational fear is much more prevalent. How many times a day do you face a true predator? How many people live with fear, everyday of their lives? Death is inevitable and inescapable and it just may turn out to be the most transformative event of our existence, so why fear it? Most people do and it prevents them from truly living…this is in my opinion the root of excuses…you think injuring yourself doing something you love is any more damaging than stuffing down donuts and sodas so a body becomes fat and the joints get destroyed just from walking about, rather than flying down a rock strewn trail and ending up in a cast with pins sticking out of your arm? I’ll take the rock strewn trail any damn day!

    Nothing worthwhile in life is easy; I’ll say it again in case you didn’t get that, NOTHING WORTHWHILE IN LIFE IS EASY! How’s that?

    Stories sometimes help relay a message better than anything else and make a point out of experience, experience is important because it is a “real truth.” Do you believe what you see or what you hear, or a little of both? (which is safer, never believe everything you hear or see) It wasn’t that long ago when there was this person that could not get through even one round of CF without stopping multiple times for air. They couldn’t do many of the exercises correctly, they struggled and struggled but they kept coming back. Because of the encouragement the camaraderie and the will to overcome obstacles with hard work, discipline and commitment this person achieved more than they themselves would have ever imagined, and they would be unrecognizable today if they appeared as they did just a few short years ago.

    There was another person who started mountain biking during some of the darkest days of their life. This person rode with people who had much experience and were very fast on their bikes. He was always last, always behind and the others would not wait, they just rode. There wasn’t a lot of encouragement or help. He had to push past the fear and self doubt and work really hard to get better or he would always be last. This person had to decide is this an interest or a commitment. Today he can ride with most of those form his past, some have even given up and do not ride anymore. They lost interest fore they were not committed but they could have achieved just as much…Twenty-five, fifty, one-hundred miles on bike… it all starts with first turn of the crankarms…!!!

    Why? Look into the eyes staring back at you from the mirror…what do you see?

    “Obsessed is a word the lazy use to describe the dedicated!”

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    Wicasa Yatapika May 15, 2012 Reply

    or this…

    “Success like happiness, cannot be pursued. It must ensue. And it only goes so as the unintended side effect of one’s dedication to a cause greater than oneself.” _Victor Frankl

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      Matt May 15, 2012 Reply

      Ding Dong hits on huge points:
      1) Commitment & Responsibility…nuf said.
      2) Compliments: encouragement…do you give it out at CF? becoming part of the family means doing so, not just sitting on one’s hands waiting…active, do something!
      3) Bigger than the self…the ego gets checked at the door. Understand that this CF concept is predicated (from those who built it) on that basic idea…connected, collectivist. Again, becoming part of CF culture means giving oneself over this…very different than globo-gym style.
      Sounds like a DingDongDisciple!

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