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How Do You Move a Mountain?


by. Charlie Sims

The Situation

The conversation around GOALS can be a big trigger to many of us.

How many times have you gotten all motivated to accomplish something only to spend a couple of weeks, or worse, months trying your best only to be worse off than when you started?

Just recently, I was having a conversationwith a friend of mine who has just found himself at the end of his rope. He was discouraged, frustrated, and exhausted. All of his effort seemed to be, not just ineffective, but counterproductive. “No matter what I try, I just keep gaining weight.”

He was in the pit, and nothing I said seemed to be able to shake him out of it.

He ended our conversation with a depressing, “I’ve decided that my new goal is to weigh 300 pounds. At least that way, I’m pretty confident that I’ll hit it.”

Now, I know that my friend is not alone. I’ve had this same conversation a thousand times over the years.

I deal with this exact same stuff myself.

The Problem

We live in a microwave culture. Everything I want has to be delivered right now. Instant internet in my pocket. I’m hot. I’ll turn on the A/C, and it better work IMMEDIATELY! Amazon Prime is getting too slow for most of us. And God forbid that I have to sit through the same traffic light two times before I get to turn left. Our patience button is broken, and it’s causing us to lose our minds.

We’ve lost the concept of gestation. Growth takes time. Even with fertilizer.

The Possibility

Imagine what would happen if we simply committed to doing a small simple task every day.

A number of months back, a friend of mine shared with me an image of a mountain with the words “You’ve been assigned this mountain to prove that it can be moved.” Immediately, I got overwhelmed and started thinking about Jesus, and miracles, and things like that and totally lost sight of what he was trying to help me see.

Moving a mountain isn’t always a miracle. Sometimes it is. Sometimes you hit a grand slam in the bottom of the 9th. Sometimes that Hail Mary actually connects. Sometimes you hit the jackpot. Sometimes. But most of the time the “miracle” is way more impossible than Divine intervention. Most of the time the “miracle” is way more boring which is what makes it so surprising.

Lay one sheet of paper on a scale and the weight of it is so insignificant that nothing even registers. Do it again, and again for 1000 sheets of paper, and you’re around 10 pounds. 10,000 sheets is 100 pounds. 1,000,000 sheets is 10,000 pounds.

That is a beautiful track record of insignificance that when consistently piled up crushes the scale.

The way to move a mountain is: One shovel full at a time.

The Path

There’s a phrase being thrown around by all of gurus these days. Some of them are Marketing gurus, others are fitness gurus, still others are financial gurus, etc.. It almost doesn’t matter. The message is the same.

“Trust the Process”

It’s the answer given when the results don’t show up immediately. It’s the social proof necessary to stick with it. It’s the motivation to simply show up and do it again even when the momentum and drive is all but gone.

Trust the Process means throw another sheet of paper onto the scale. Trust the Process means grab the shovel and get to digging. Trust the Process means don’t give up. Even when the evidence seems to indicate that you should.

I would have you consider the possibility that your path to achieving your goal is less about tactics and more about PATIENCE and CONSISTENCY.

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My Favorite Picture

This is one of my favorite pictures ever taken at my gym. It’s from 2013 and Open workout 13.1. It’s my friend Melvin TheMaverick Hubbard achieving something that was previously impossible to him. And the moment stopped the world from turning for a brief moment in time. Korey, Travis, Matt, Tyler, and myself couldn’t help but take notice and honor him for his effort.
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I’m doing the CrossFit Games Open this year for the 6th time.
Because I do CrossFit.
My wrist is jacked up and I’m out of shape, but I’m still doing the Open. If I were still a runner, I’d do the Derby Triple Crown. But I’m a CrossFitter, so I’m doing the Open.
I do it because this is the one time every year, that the entire CrossFit world is united around the same thing. All across the globe, we all do these 5 workouts with the same expectations and standards. We all experience the high’s and low’s of anticipation when Dave Castro drops the announcement every Thursday night. We all tend to do better than we should have and yet never seem to do as good as we wanted.
After 7 years of doing it, I’m convinced that CrossFit is the best fitness routine in the world, and the Open is my opportunity to participate in the annual celebration of that reality.
You should join me.

5 Days In

What follows are the unfiltered thoughts from one of our newest athletes, Selena.  She has agreed to document her journey through the first month of her CrossFit experience with us at CrossFit Regeneration.  Click HERE to schedule your Free No-Sweat Intro with one of our expert coaches.

5 Days In

Selena Alexander

Five. It’s the number of championship rings former NBA champion Kobe Bryant sports on his fingers; it’s also the number of days a week most of us wake up for jobs that we (hopefully) love; and now it also represents the number of CrossFit classes it took for me to become obsessed with the sport.

I know, it’s early in the game and I’m still in the honeymoon phase of what I hope becomes a long-lasting relationship between CrossFit and I, but seriously, I haven’t felt this empowered in a long time and I’m addicted.

Here are five reasons why you should consider signing up for CrossFit Regeneration’s next round of the New You Challenge:

1) You’re not only working out, you’re learning why you’re working out.
Let’s be real, a lot of us try new workouts because we’re trying to find the quickest way to start looking good naked. When I first met with CrossFit Regeneration owner Charlie Sims, he asked why I was there and I’m fairly certain my exact response was, “I want my ‘college athlete’ body back.” While that’s still true, I keep coming back in large part because every session we learn WHY we’re working out the way we do. Before each class begins, our coaches explain a new concept, like virtuosity, and how it pertains to our workout; giving you a purpose for lacing up your sneakers that’s far more relevant than the attempt to look good on the beach this summer—not that that isn’t important too.

2) No repetition
Sure, we do reps—a lot of them, actually, but no workout is ever duplicated. Obviously I’ve only been going to the gym for a short period of time, but I’ve been assured that with CrossFit, you almost never see the same workout twice, and I appreciate that. It gives you something to look forward to, and you can be certain a different set of muscles will hurt each day.

3) Accountability
At CrossFit Regeneration there is a serious sense of community. In just five hour-long classes, I’ve learned a lot about not only the coaches, but also my classmates, and that’s because we all talk before, during, and after class. Intimidation is often the reason why people shy from working out in group settings, but that feeling, at least for me, is non-existent at Regeneration, and that makes me feel accountable to every one at the Box to show up every single day.

4) The best of both worlds
CrossFit seems to be the perfect combination of group exercise and personal training. While you’re obviously in a class with other people, the coaches still take the time to modify and adjust each person’s movements and field questions from everyone. Because of limited mobility in my arm, I usually have a lot of questions and need exercise modifications, and both are always taken care of seamlessly.

5) It’s just badass
Excuse my language, but honestly, every time I leave CrossFit Regeneration I feel like superwoman. There’s something about the combination of the above reasons that come together to make you feel like you could move a mountain if you had the perfect form in your squat. Swinging kettlebells, hanging from rings, or executing a round of wall balls are simply more fun than jumping on an elliptical for 45 minutes. Trust me on this one.