This is what I am telling myself right now. Starting out in CrossFit, there are tons of movements and elements which are crazy intimidating but the great part is, with any CrossFit element, there are stepping stones to getting there; we call them different scalings. For instance, when working toward getting pull-ups, a person may start by doing ring-rows (like I did) where your heels are on the ground with your toes pointed up, then you tilt yourself back while holding onto the rings and pull yourself toward the rings. The next scaling may be to move to the pull-up bar with big elastic bands on your feet (which are also attached to the bar) to give you extra oomph to get your chin over the bar. As time progresses, you use smaller and smaller bands and one day – voila! A real, for serious, no joking pull-up!
Now, obviously there are movements I still have to scale to a large degree but I need to stop scaling the ones I can already do. I’ve been so scared to finally throw the bands out of the window for pull-ups in a workout even though I know I am capable! Sure, saying goodbye to the bands may add extra time to my workout but I’m never going to get there if I don’t allow myself! Yes, there may be workouts where bands are still necessary (dead hang pull-ups/workouts with time caps) but otherwise, I think it’s time to graduate!
Recently, beyond pull-ups, I realized I scale a lot of things that just aren’t necessary anymore, like weights for instance. I can do any weight thrown up on that board, I just need to tell myself to stop whining and do it already! Obviously within safe parameters, and depending on how I’m feeling each day. I guess the point is, I need to stop making things easier out of fear… it’s time to boldly accept new challenges.
So, all that being said, what's my new goal? Where possible, no more scaling! This is scary to put out there because I’ll have to live up to it but I’m ready for the challenge. A year ago (right before I started CrossFit) I got a tattoo on my foot that says “Rise Above,” this phrase means so many different things to me. It’s a constant reminder of some wonderful people I know who have risen above incredible challenges as well as a reminder to keep pushing myself forward; time to rise above my old successes and make some new ones! How exciting!
I guess if there’s anything to glean from this, it might be as simple as “don’t sell yourself short.” If you know you can do it, don’t stop yourself! Keep reaching, keep climbing, and remember to enjoy those awesome moments of success in between!