Friday, March 9, 2012


March 8, 2012

"Learn the art of patience. Apply discipline to your thoughts when they become anxious over the outcome of a goal. Impatience breeds anxiety, fear, discouragement and failure. Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success."
~Bryan Adams

Patience... something I was not blessed with much of! I am sort of an impulse person. I like to have an almost immediate reaction to my actions. I like to see results when I do something. I like to know the outcome once the problem is solved. I like to make decisions as they come to my head and I like to go "all or nothing" with pretty much everything I do. I realize this is a control issue as well as a patience issue... but I think in a lot of cases they go hand in hand. I just have to learn to use my control issue as a positive to allow myself to merge my confidence with my lack of patience.

I have learned to be a little more patient as I get older. The quote above states "add discipline to your thoughts"... such an interesting concept. If you can take the time dissect your thoughts, break them down and understand what it is you are waiting for and what a reasonable time frame is for an outcome the results will be much easier to comprehend... I suppose that's what "patience" is all about... so it makes sense.

The next step for me it to really think about the last line of that quote... "Patience creates confidence, decisiveness, and a rational outlook, which eventually leads to success." Pretty bold. Pretty great. Most of all pretty true. The results of pretty much anything you have to work at are not immediate. It takes time to get better, it takes time to solve problems, it takes time to work things out, it takes time to see results... its all in the way you handle it that makes it bearable. For me, admittedly, this is much easier to look at written out like that than it is to feel it on the inside. Its something I am working at and its something I hope to be strong enough to achieve.

Tonight I had to apply discipline and patience to my workout. Last night 12.3 was released. Its a triplet WOD, so a lot of people are very excited (since the last two were single movements). The worst part of it all is that it is 18 minutes long. Thats a long ass AMRAP. When I arrived the goal was to complete all 18 minutes, but make myself only go 60-70% through the whole thing. Take time, be patient and not go balls to the wall so I wouldn't be burned out for Saturday.

Thats what I did. It was hard to hold back, it was hard not to put it all on the line... but I am excited for Saturday and laying it all on the line.

2 Rounds
- 10 Leg Swings
- 10 Spiderman
- 10 Burpees
- 10 Jumping Pullups
- 10 Air Squats
- 10 Around the Worlds
- 10 Abmat Situps

WOD: 12.3
done at 60-70%
10 Minute AMRAP
- 15 Box Jumps (20")
- 12 Push Press (75lbs)
- 9 Toes to Bar
(6 Rounds, 216 Reps)



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