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Fittest On Earth: Achieving Great Things Is Good But What Happens When You Don’t?

Yesterday, Judson and I watched a documentary called “The Fittest On Earth”. It was based around the CrossFit Games in 2014.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to delve into the topic of CrossFit specifically. Although, it is my most commenly asked question as a Personal Trainer, “What are your thoughts on CrossFit?”. Maybe I will save that for another day.

I want to talk about the fact that it’s important to challenge yourself, it’s healthy to achieve great things but what happens when you don’t “achieve”? Either in the eyes of yourself, or someone else.

Fittest On Earth: It’s Healthy To Achieve Great Things But What Happens When You Don’t?

Why do people compete in the games?

Why do they REALLY want to be the fittest on earth?

They want to be the best (the fittest on earth, literally). They want to be proud of themselves, others to be proud of them. They want to open their minds to discover things they didn’t even imagine they could do. Because the type of life you can lead after that is unstoppable.

There is only room for one winner in a situation like that though and every interview you hear words of self doubt. Not wanting to disappoint people and themselves. But most importantly, athletes would come back from an event and say sorry (multiple times) if they didn’t win. Or apologise because ‘they didn’t try hard enough’. Some would say that they have to remind themselves how fortunate they are to even be in the regionals but still suffer the dissapointment of not winning.

Anyone who faces a challenge goes through negativity and doubt just like above. I’m not doubting that because I do it all the time.

I want to know though.

Do you want to live a life where you can’t appreciate your achievements because it’s not the best or as good as the person next to you?

Please note: I am not implying anyone in particular does this I’m suggesting that you should put yourself in an environment that doesn’t make your negativity worse but improves your positivity. For some people. This is CrossFit and that’s awesome. Their community is what holds them together, and well.

I truly believe that all of us should challenge, but also that everyone should have an opportunity to achieve (and appreciate the moments they do).


  • Pick a challenge that you can achieve in the next 2 months. Don’t set the challenge based on someone else’s achievements, set it against your own. For example, don’t decide you need to run 10kms in 45min because that what your mate can do. Decide how long you want to be able to run 10kms based on your last time.

Change your mindset a little.

Also, I highly recommend you actually watch “The Fittest On Earth”. The level of athleticism and push those guys have is absolutely incredible and I have two friends who are watching the 2016 Games now. I’m a little jealous because to watch it in person would be incredible and mind blowing.

Now I would love to hear from you, because I am curious to know your thoughts on negativity and its impact on our lives:

Are you aware of negative thoughts when you are challenging or pushing yourself?

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