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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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3 Tips to Better Sleep

3 Tips to Better Sleep

Charlie Sims

1) Find a consistent rhythm. Try to go to sleep and wake up at around the same time every day.

2) Pray and Meditate. Find a place to put all those random thoughts that seem to find you once your head hits the pillow.

3) Exercise every day. Seek to finish each day physically exhausted.

Everybody knows these things, but most of us aren’t willing to apply them. We’re self-justifiers to the core. “This instance is unique.” “My situation is special.” “That doesn’t work for me.”

Don’t believe the stories that you want to keep telling yourself.

It could be about something as simple as sleep, or as complex as marriage. Most of the time, it’s not more information that we need. We have, in our phones, a collection of all the information ever compiled, and we’re still failing. We just need to put to use some of that information in a strategic manner.

Part of my job as a coach is to vet the information and present the most relevant stuff to the person I’m coaching. And then hold them accountable to doing what they’ve said they want to do.

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The Good Old Days

I’m sitting here thinking back to when I first started CrossFit, and I’m getting all nostalgic…
 
Things are different now. Not bad, just different.
 
Early on, my buddies and I just built our own equipment. We had homemade wall balls, and homemade kettlebells, and our own pullup bars made out of galvanized pipe and hung from the rafters of Caleb’s garage.
 
I remember when we finally had a box to jump on. Three of them to be exact. We had 2 that were pretty short that we glued carpet squares to the top so that they could grip our shoes better and wouldn’t hurt as much if we missed and busted our shin on it. But we made a pretty tall one out of the crappiest wood we could find. I think it was because a 4×8 sheet of it was only $11 bucks, and we didn’t know any different.
 
But one day, we had the bright idea of seeing what our max height box jump was… We had to move out of the garage into Caleb’s driveway just so that we wouldn’t hit the ceiling.
 
I was getting pretty high when my left foot slid off the side of the stack of bumper plates we had loaded on top of the box. I ended up crash-landing on the hood of Caleb’s car, and then sliding onto the asphalt… It was pretty scary until I landed.
 
Everyone had a good laugh, myself included.
 
Don’t get me wrong, I love how far CrossFit has come, especially here at CrossFit Regeneration, but there’s something about those early days that make it super special to me. Sometimes, I miss the old days of CrossFit where we would open up the garage door, divvy out the equipment, make up a wod on the spot, and then use our shirt to slap away all the leaves and dog-hair off the mats before ruining ourselves with something that thought would be fun.
 
My friends and I here at Regen all have “the good old days” to one degree or another, and there are things we miss about them, but today promises to be just as special to our future selves if we allow it.
 
Live out the nostalgia today on purpose.