What If Right Now Was Perfectly Enough?
What if right now, in this moment, you were enough? And by enough I’m suggesting that we let go of the notion that we have to look a certain way, weigh a particular weight, beat a specific time for a race or WOD – that we let go of always striving for something that is beyond what we are right now. Could we truly let go of what we “should” be or how we “should” perform or look like or weigh? Would being ok with right now make us feel like we were giving up our goals? Would you panic at the prospect of no longer having an ideal, future you? Maybe that means we hold onto that illusionary ideal a little too tightly.
I’m discovering that progress — real, sustainable progress — only really flourishes from a place of acceptance. I told myself that if I was going to train for this event, one of the most important rules would be that I love and appreciate my body at any stage, including the starting stage and including the times when I might not think I’m on track. Because I made that pact with myself, the whole process has felt fun and not hard. Knowing that no matter what, I’d look good enough, and whatever I’d lift in the gym would be enough, took the prospect of failing out of the process. And that has made everything I do … liberating. If everything is good enough, then why not go for it to the fullest? There is no pressure to be something fantastically “perfect” and with that pressure lifted, why not joyfully fill that freed-up space with the absolute best I can produce? In turn, my progress hasn’t stalled — quite the opposite. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of my training simply because I started my journey based in this foundation of acceptance.
Thinking that I’m enough doesn’t mean my goals go away. It means I’m not fixated on the future. It means since I don’t need “fixing” I can just have fun with what I’m doing right now as I surprise myself along the way.
What would your life look like if how you looked or weighed or how you performed were enough?
And Coming Wednesday
A) 20 Front squats (+2%)
B) Kipping pull-up skill practice
C) 4 Rounds for quality on the 3:00
10 Alt DB Snatches (55/40)
**2min cap each round**