The Cascade Effect
A few weeks ago, I posted a question inside the CrossFit Regeneration private facebook group asking our members why they do CrossFit instead of other fitness routines. Out of that conversation came an incredible depth of insight into the lives of the people who trust me with their fitness.
People come here for reasons far beyond merely fitness.
This post is about something my friends call “The Cascade Effect”. Nothing in our lives exist in a vacuum. Everything cascades into everything else just like a giant tangled ball of string.
If you or I have a “problem” in one area of our life, it’s effects aren’t restricted to that one area. For example, if you abuse your body with inappropriate uses of drugs and alcohol, it won’t just hurt your body. It will produce pain throughout the balance of your relationships. Your spouse and kids will suffer due to you abusing yourself. Your ability to connect with God and hear his voice in your life will be stifled. And finally, it will bleed out into your ability to do your job well and provide for yourself. That single pain cascading all throughout the entirety of your life.
Alternatively, If you’re making positive deposits into one area of your life, there will be a cascading benefit that will rejuvenate your whole self. Contrasted to drug and alcohol abuse, investing in your health with CrossFit, and proper nutrition will bring benefits into your relationships, and into your ability to hear God’s voice, and even in your ability to thrive in the workplace.
If you don’t believe me, put it to the test. Where’s your pain? And how has it cascaded out into the rest of your life? What about your thriving? Is it bringing benefits across the spectrum?
What is one thing you can do today to start making positive deposits? If you would like some help with this, we offer a FREE No-Sweat Intro where you can schedule a half hour with one of our experts. Don’t wait until the pain cascading over your life swallows you whole.
Change your Story, Change your life.
All of us operate on a basic set of assumptions about the world we live in, and about ourselves within that world. We impose limits on ourselves as to what we think we can do. We even impose limits on what we’re willing to entertain as possible for ourselves. And we miss out on life because of it.
Some of these assumptions are based on legitimate facts. I haven’t tried teleporting lately… Have you?
But others are mere results of a story that we’re telling ourselves about ourselves that may or may not have any real bearing on the facts. “I’ll never be able to sing, so why try?” “I could never be able to date someone like ______.” “That job is out of reach.” And so on…
The story goes: “I haven’t _______” Therfore “I can’t ________”.
Is there a possibility (even a tiny sliver) that the story is false?
Is it possible that your assumption about yourself (story) is a prison that is restricting you from experiencing growth, power, happiness, or life?
Answer the question: What might be possible for me if my assumption about this thing is false?
Watch the prison disappear, and possibility open up.
I heard the story of a couple who were celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary recently. They had spoken about the constant strain that being married to “that man” or “that woman” had on their individual lives, and how over and over each of them had temptations to just give up and split. It would have been so much easier.
But, after sticking with it, both were overjoyed with the countless decisions each of them had made to stay married throughout the years.
There is a prize waiting for you on the other side of your struggle. If you’re like me, you’ve started things multiple times in your life only to give up when times started to get hard or your traction started to give way. Don’t give in! Maybe it’s in your marriage or relationships. Maybe it’s at your job. Maybe it’s with your health (Nutrition & Exercise). Maybe it your spirituality and connection with God. Endure through the tough points, because IT. WILL. BE. WORTH. IT.