Leave your ego at the door.
This isn’t about beating someone’s time on the board from a previous class.
It isn’t about progressing the fastest of everyone around.
It isn’t about lifting the most weight, flying through the WOD, collecting the most skills or finishing first.
It is about pouring yourself out there.
It is about going into the dark place and always finding your way out within the time cap.
It is about lifting properly, with good technique so your back can live to lift another day.
It is about cheering on your neighbor when they get their first DU, and being cheered on when you get your first HSPU.
It is about you.
About your goals, dreams and aspirations. It’s about where you are at today, and what you are going to do to get to where you want to be tomorrow.
Your ego only gets in the way of that. It wants to be at tomorrow yesterday. It tells you your squat really isn’t that bad and that your rounded back on the deadlift isn’t as important as the PR staring at you.
Your ego tells you that its OK to make everything into a competition, one that you absolutely must win at all costs.
It lies to you, telling you that speed is more important than technique. That the score reported to the board trumps all else, be it proper range of motion, community, health…
Your drive should be your goals.
Remember that next time you stare down a bar hoping it won’t jam your wrist or pop your Achilles.
Remember that next time you are on the edge of disaster and you ego says “Just do it” while your goals say “maybe tomorrow”.