If You Say You’re Going to Do Something…
One-Legged Box Jumps (20/16)
Ring Push Ups
V-UpsRecently I had an experience, as a coach, where I offered a time for my students to come in to do their Baseline workout. These are one of my favorite things to do, because I love to watch everyone set new personal records. On this particular day seven students had RSVP’d to reserve a spot and do the baseline at 6:00pm on a Friday evening. The day came and one by one I started receiving phone calls and emails. Something came up, a meeting got scheduled, I’m tired from a workout. 6:00pm arrived and one student was present. Four had canceled and two just didn’t show up. Now, instead of a room full of energy and cheering and inevitable PR’s, I had one student who had stuck to her guns and was going to do the Baseline solo. She did it. She set a record. And, she felt let down and unsupported. Who knows what might have happened had the other six people been present? Who knows what might have happened for THEM?
We, the staff and students of CFLA, are not part of a community — we ARE the community. When you think “they” won’t notice and you leave showing up to “them,” you’re talking about YOU. You are the community, and if you don’t show up, there is no community. It is the responsibility of each and every one of us to be present for each other…or it just doesn’t work. This goes for skill sessions, baseline checks, challenges, and more than anything else, showing up for class. Know that you are valued and missed if you don’t show up. You are important and necessary to our success, and to each others success.
Now, I get that in the moment when you choose not to show up you’re probably tired. I get that you might have a hundred other thoughts in your head. That doesn’t change that you said were going to do it. You committed to supporting your community and you made a commitment to yourself. Yes, I know, it’s just a workout. It’s just the gym. Maybe you’re true to your word when it’s “important” or when it “matters” and don’t bother with the little things. Or, maybe the little things are the canary in the coalmine. Because, if anything, it’s easier to keep your word on the little things.
Consider using the gym environment as practice. Consider that the commitments you make here, and you make them every time you send an RSVP or sign up for class, are a muscle that you are building and a skill that you are learning. Consider being your word in every moment of your life, from the tiniest thing to the biggest thing.