What is your Prize?
I try to make it my habit to listen to a daily Bible Podcast every morning during my commute. It is a great way for me to squeeze in a little more life into my day. Plus it’s way better than talk radio or even worse, music on the radio…
This morning, the last thing I heard before I got out of my car was 1 Corinthians 9, and It got me thinking about training. (I know, that’s not the real point of the passage, but I think his assumptions should affect how we see our fitness.)
1 Corinthians 9:24-27
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercise self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
The Apostle Paul is making a point to Christians that we should live a life similar to that of the athletes who compete in the “games”. He’s urging us to take our title as ambassadors for Christ seriously and be self-controlled so that we don’t become hypocrites.
As CrossFitters, we perceive ourselves as “athletes”. We print it in big bold letters on our t-shirts. We use it in our common vernacular. Whether you’re new or well seasoned, a beginner or games competitor, young or old; you are an athlete. There’s no getting around it.
Are Paul’s assumptions accurate to you?
Are you “running” to obtain the prize, or are you “running” aimlessly? Are you exercising self control in all things, or are you randomly boxing as one beating the air?
But Charlie, “There’s no way that I can win the CrossFit Games.”
That’s not what I’m talking about. We have been pushing some ideas for the last year or so called Bright Spot Friday, and Future Bright Spots. This is where we have the opportunity to celebrate victories within our community, whether large or small, or yours or mine. And to dream about what it would be like to accomplish our Future Bright Spots. We use the language of emotion not math, because logic is never as compelling as desire.
I want you to have a future memory that will compel you to put away your aimless running and your “air boxing”, in favor of a “blind and relentless pursuit of excellence”.
I’ve seen some prizes worth pursuing. Yours may be different. As long as it compels you to “So run as to obtain it!”, it’s a good prize.
“I will teach my grandson how to throw a curve ball.”
“I will lose 100 pounds.”
“I will never lose to ______ in a workout.”
“I will beat _______ in a workout.”
“I will Clean and Jerk 225 pounds.”
“I will earn a spot in Regionals Lite”.
“I will average 3 days or more per week this year.”
“I will do an unassisted legit Pull-up.”
“I will beat my son in a 1-on-1 basketball game.”
“I will not quit.”
Do you have a similar Future Bright Spot? Paul’s advice: Discipline your body. Keep it under control. My old Bible says “Make it your slave”. Don’t let yourself become the reason you don’t accomplish your Bright Spot. No excuses. No exit strategy. No fear. No regret. Be undeterred.
If you would like to hear more about my “Imperishable Prize” that compels me to achieve all of my perishable prizes, I’d be happy to set aside whatever I’m doing and chat.