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Tough Love For Yourself

This CrossFit mindset shows up all over the wonderful world of the Web. I found it on the CrossFit Las Vegas site, and the indomitable Aaron pointed to it in his blog today.


1. I will promise to do my best. My best will vary from day to day, from hour to hour, from minute to minute. But in that minute, I will do the very best that I can.

2. Lactic acid is my friend. The wind is my friend. Anything that opposes me is actually helping me to become stronger. If I had no opposition, I would be weak.

3. If I can run, I run. If I have to walk, I walk. When I am forced to crawl, I crawl. And then I rest and live to fight another day.

4. I fear no man but I fear my workout. If I don’t fear my workout, it isn’t hard enough.

5. I may puke. I may cry. But I will not quit. Ever.

6. I never cheat. There is no honor in cheating. What joy can there be in a victory I did not earn?

7. The workout missed is the opportunity missed. I will not cheat myself of the opportunity to become a better athlete and person.

8. I understand the value of the push-up, the pull-up, the sit-up, the squat, and the deadlift. Just as there are a million ways to make chicken, so too are there a million ways to squat, sit up, pull up, push up, and deadlift.

9. I will give everything I have. And then I will find more within myself.

10. I don’t complain. Complaining is for crybabies. There are 11,232 babies born in the US everyday. I will leave the crying to them and I will soldier on.

11. I will bite off challenges, spit out results, and beg for more. What are you going to do?

Print out the large version of this photo and hang it by your desk, on your mirror, on your fridge, on the inside of your closet door so you see it everytime you pick up your workout shoes…

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3 Responses to “Tough Love For Yourself”

  1. Ames says:

    Thanks for this post! The inspiration is much needed!

  2. anniebug says:

    Lactic acid is a GREAT friend of mine! I love number two. Mostly because it is so true.

  3. richardcorbett says:

    Awesome. A kick in the ass never felt so good.

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