How you do Anything is How you do Everything

Pay attention to what’s in front of you–the principle, the task, or what’s being portrayed.
— Marcus Aurelius

Sometimes I sit and think about what I might be capable of in the future. Other times I remember what I was doing with my life several years ago. One makes me hopeful for the future the other makes me remember a different time with its own achievements and challenges. But both are just distractions from the work I have in front of me today.

Every day there are things I don't want to do. Things like parenting/disciplining my daughter with consistency, or avoiding foods that don't make me feel/perform my best, or admitting when I'm wrong and having to apologize. For you, it may be doing your daily work with excellence and in a timely manner. Or getting your workout in, even when it's not something you're good at. "You think to yourself this is just a job, or it's just a workout; it isn't who I am. It doesn't really matter." But it does matter. The choices you make matter.

I've heard it said, "How you do anything is how you do everything." and I believe that to be true. Our lives are made up of thousands and thousands of choices. We can choose to be a person that avoids difficult things or we can be a person that faces them head-on. By making the same choice over and over again it becomes ingrained in our being, it becomes part of who we are. Our choices are all we have control over in life and how you choose reflects who you are.

I'm not writing this to make you feel guilty. (I can't make you feel anything, again that is your choice.) The person I choose to be and we hope to have reflected in CrossFit 43 North is one of acceptance, no matter what choices you're making. We want to provide a safe place for you to make different choices and see how that goes. It's often not easy but we'll be here to encourage you and pick you up when you fall.

I am writing this to let you know that your choices make a difference and that there is a lot of power in those choices. Think of it like a snowball rolling down a hill; each revolution representing a choice. The more choices in a direction you make will accelerate the speed at which you head in that direction, and the more momentum towards being that kind of person you will gain. By the time that little snowball reaches the bottom of the hill it has the power to crush a car.

This past Monday we had a 45 min workout scheduled that included a lot of running. Everyone made the choice to not show up. I was a little surprised but maybe I shouldn't have been. I totally get it and everyone had perfectly good reasons for making the choice that they did. But I made a comment in our private facebook group that fits in this discussion. I said, "I love days like that because it gives me a glimpse into peoples character." This could have been misconstrued as making a negative comment on their character. I was not. No judgment was made on whether or not they have a good or bad character. I was just saying that I got to see a little bit of what it is. All of our members are amazing people and we are so blessed to have them in our lives.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, "Doing anything worthwhile is not easy but is often fairly simple." Keep making the choices that lead you toward being the person you want to be, and if like me you make a poor choice every once in a while, that's ok because soon you'll have another opportunity to choose again.

Now go live better.