The Thought Is Parent To The Deed

by Arena Ready on November 18th, 2015

From some CrossFit perspective on Wednesday to some life perspective on Thursday, courtesy of Jeff Haden at Inc.  Here is the first half of an interesting article published this week:

"11 Affirmations Successful People Repeat Every Single Day‚Äč"

Accomplishments are based on actions, not on thoughts--yet the thought is always father to the deed. Achievement starts with an idea, a perspective, a point of view, or even just an attitude. (Ideas, perspectives, and points of view like these, for starters.)

Here are some of the things extraordinarily successful people say every day--and how those statements spur them to take actions that lead to even greater success:

1. "I can't do everything today, but I can take one small step."
You have plans. You have goals. You have ideas. Who cares? You have nothing until you actually do something.

Every day, we let hesitation and uncertainty stop us from acting on our ideas. Pick one plan, one goal, or one idea. And get started. Take one small step. (For example, here's how to start a small business while still keeping your full time job.)

The first step is by far the hardest. Successive steps are always easier.

2. "I will do what no one else is willing to do."
Often the easiest way to be different is to do the things other people refuse to do.
So pick one thing other people won't do. It can be simple. It can be small. It doesn't matter. Whatever it is, do it. You'll instantly be a little different from the rest of the pack.

Then keep going. Every day, think of one thing to do that no one else is willing to do.

After a week, you'll be uncommon. After a month, you'll be special. After a year, you'll be incredible, and you definitely won't be like anyone else. (And, in the process, you will develop remarkable determination and willpower.)

3. "I will face a fear."
The most paralyzing fear is fear of the unknown (at least, it is for me).

Yet nothing ever turns out to be as hard or as scary as we think. Plus, it's incredibly exciting to overcome a fear. You get that "I can't believe I just did that!" rush, a thrill you may not have experienced for a long time.

Every day, do one thing a little scary, whether physically or emotionally. (If you need a quick boost of confidence to get you going, here are some simple tricks that really work.) Trust that you will figure out how to overcome any problems that arise.

Because you will.

4. "I will appreciate someone unappreciated."
Some jobs require more effort than skill. Delivering packages, bagging groceries, checking out customers -- the tasks themselves are relatively easy. The difference is in the effort.

So do more than say a reflexive "thanks" to someone who does a thankless job. Smile. Make eye contact. Exchange a kind word.

All around you are people who work hard with little or no recognition. Vow to be the person who recognizes at least one of them every day.

Not only will you give respect, you'll earn the best kind of respect -- the respect that comes from making a difference, however fleeting, in another person's life.

5. "I will listen 10 times more than I speak."
I used to talk a lot. I thought I was insightful and clever and witty and, well, I thought I was a real hoot. Occasionally, very occasionally, I might even have been one of those things.

Most of the time I was not.

Genuinely confident people (here's how to tell if you're one of them) don't feel the need to talk. While I hate when it happens, I still sometimes realize I'm not talking because the other person is interested in what I have to say but because I'm interested in what I have to say. (Ick.)

Never speak just to please yourself. When you do, you please no one.

6. "I will not care what other people think."
Most of the time, we should worry about what other people think--but not if it stands in the way of living the lives we really want to live.

If you really want to start a business -- which you can do in just a few hours, mind you -- but you're worried that people might say you're crazy, do it anyway. Pick one thing you haven't tried because you're concerned about what other people would think or say and just go do it.

It's your life. Live it your way.


For the remainder of the article click here!

WOD for 11-19-15:

5 Rounds of:
5 Bench Press (pick load)
8 Evil Wheels OR 16 Hollow Rocks
250m Row

Rest as needed between rounds. Record the loading used for each bench press set, and the times for every 250m interval. The goal is to maintain a pace of +/-2 seconds for every 250m interval.


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