I’ve had a couple of the most inspiring days here lately, who couldn’t use a little feel good?
Saturday I was helping teach a CrossFit Fundamentals class and we had a woman in the class that is completely new to the concepts of CrossFit.
I believe people pass through our lives for a purpose. The question is do we as individuals stop long enough to realize the purpose may not have a single thing to do with “us” as in self.
I meet a lot of people while teaching these classes. I love it. I have the chance to share what I love with more people. Win.
Anyway, back to my story. As we progressed through the class, it came time to do some pull-up work. I noticed the woman mentioned above had gone to the ladies room. After what was plenty of time, she didn’t come back. I sent one of the other ladies to check on her. She came back and whispered “she’s a little upset”. Off I went to the bathroom.
As I walked in the door she was collecting herself. The first thought that crossed my mind was “man I wish I was that beautiful when I cried”. Trust me, I am NOT pretty when I cry.
Anyway, after talking to this woman, I realized that she didn’t really even realize why she was upset. The irony is that I knew EXACTLY what she was feeling. Change is HARD. Change is SCARY. Change takes COURAGE.
In those few moments she was sizing up her own ability to be able to do what she was there to do. I have been there. More than once. Coming in to a new place, to a new program, to new expectations is very intimidating.
I looked her straight in the eyes and said with complete conviction “you CAN do this”! I told her a bit of my story and allowed her to gather her composure. We headed back out on to the floor to continue her training. She stayed, she finished the class.
I wanted her to come back. I wanted her to believe in herself enough to keep moving forward. But I knew that I couldn’t make that decision for her.
The next day she sent me a FB message and said “you are the second reason I’m coming back, the first is because I can do this”.
That is why I do what I do. BE THE CHANGE.