Success within your human capacity – something’s gotta give
I’ve been reminiscing a lot lately about my fitness journey. My body, mind and training habits have drastically changed since I started doing CrossFit and I’m proud to say, they’ve changed for the better.
There was a time (and I’m sure many of you feel or have felt this way) when I wanted it all. I wanted to squat above 200 pounds consistently, perfect a muscle-up, PR my 5k, have a six-pack, walk on my hands, count my macros, always get to open gym… you get the idea.
And there was also a time I truly thought it was all attainable. I believed that if I just worked harder and committed myself a little more, I could be great at all of those things.
But, that’s just not the case.
Us humans? We have something called capacity.
I’m sure you’ve heard capacity used to describe the amount of people that can fit into a certain space or room. Fortunately, that exact same perspective can be applied to our lives.
We have capacity.
Whether you want to believe it or not. It’s not a limit to our potential. It’s spatial and impersonal. Sure, some of us have large working-capacities, but for others, that’s not always the case.
Trying to be great at too many things offers the very opposite. By pushing our threshold to perfect this, be great at that and commit to this; we burn out. We end up either becoming “ok” at most things or we become good at crappy things.
The opposite becomes true.
We feel like we failed. We can often times feel like we’re not strong enough or that our priorities and values aren’t aligned. We feel stressed, disappointed, tired and just plain ole’ ready to give up.
So how do we unlock success within our human capacity?
Looking back, I tried to do too much. I set too many standards that were wholly unachievable. I was firing on all cylinders for all things.
And something had to give.
Over the last year, I’ve been trying to better organize these standards….
What really matters to me?
What’s actually healthy for me, personally?
What helps me more than hurts me?
What do I want to be great at? (And what am I ok with being “ok” at?)
What’s something that can wait?
These were all questions I asked at some point or another. I slowly chipped away at the things I didn’t find value in or that stressed me out. The ones that remained only made me more passionate, motivated and thankfully, healthy.
If you’re ever feeling this way, have an internal conversation.
What is my capacity?
Am I overworking that capacity?
What helps me?
What can I be great at? (And what am I ok with being “ok” at?)
What brings me actual value as an athlete? Or to my health?
I promise the conversation will be enlightening and hopefully, you too, will step away with a healthier and more valuable list that’s not only maintainable, but more meaningful.