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Pulling Yourself Under

There is an important distinction between attachment and commitment. In attachment, there is a personal element that gets caught up in the result. You may notice this, in the gym, when you either hit or miss an intended lift resulting in a negative or positive emotional response. The event becomes weighted and takes on an element of meaning something about you. Frustration or anger may arise if the desired result is not met. In being committed to something, like maximising your potential or mastering Oympic lifting, your gaze shifts from the immediate to the long term. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s commitment to equality set a path before him. The immediate becomes a place for the actions that align you with your commitment. A commitment creates something to live into. When committed, successes or failures hold no influence on your resolve and only get placed in the category of information. Health, vitality, and longevity are commitments and CrossFit is the action that support that commitment. Commitment is a life long endeavor, filling life with meaning and purpose, and allowing us hone the skills of mastery and excellence. 

What are you committed to?


8 Responses

  1. Sarah

    Great food for thought, Pablo. I am definitely guilty of attachment instead of commitment with some of my lifting! Oddly, I feel this more with olympic lifts than with the slower lifts, I think because I usually fail at O-lifting due to technique issues rather than absolute strength issues. Knowing what my numbers are for strength actually allows me to create expectations about what I think my O-lifts "should" be, and then I can get upset when I don't meet my own expectations.

    I also just noticed when I did my first timed swim in a long while yesterday, that I had a goal in mind and was displeased not to get it (later I discovered that I actually did beat my goal, but I had measured the pool length wrong so I thought I was slower). Darren pointed out that I hadn't swam in at least 7 months, and to worry about what my times are in June, not January…but it is hard to divorce myself from ideas about what I "should" be able to due, usually based on past numbers (some of these I should add are 17 years old!). I will endeavor to refocus myself on commitment rather than attachment. Thanks so much for this thought, Paul!

  2. ZzzGlide

    I like the perspective that "…successes or failures hold no influence on your resolve and only get placed in the category of information". Word up on that concept! Not interpreting failure/success as something personal or suggestive of what you're all about. One of the classic texts on tennis psychology The Inner Game of Tennis gives a great annology of the pouncing cat: when the cat hunts he/she gets down low, wiggles his butt and pounces! 99% of the time the cat fails, but does the cat take it hard and think he's a failure as a cat? Not at all…the cat could care less, he just cleans his paws and takes a nap until the next hunt/challenge comes along. Personalizing and looking at one's efforts/performance through the lenses of comparison/fear/expectatoins/past and future can really make living in the present moment a bit of a conflict and not altogether very fun. Regarding whatever forms the present moment takes as simply "information" is really a cool concept to avoiding those mental traps and achieving overall physcial fitness happiness. Now if I could just do that…. I might be able to levitate to crossfit instead having to walk!!!

  3. arnie kiddoo

    Jared!! Thanks for the coaching this 5;45. My arm position on the muscle ups and double unders I concur with your diagnosis.You did a fine job on all us P——-'S.

  4. Pam

    I concur with Arnie's assessment of Jared's coaching job this morning! So it seems that is two thumbs up from two (synonym for cat's)!!!!

  5. katiekiddoo

    I like what you wrote Pablo and what Sarah and Keith had to say. My head seems to understand the concept you presented Pablo, but my heart falls short. I guess I am really competitive by nature . Sometimes when I don't measure up, I end up trying harder and do better . I think that is O.K. I think it becomes a problem when you let it rule your life and priorities get mixed up. Or you give up and quit. What I have been trying to tell myself is. "What will I learn today in Crossfit that will help in my growth towards a quality of life?" In the meantime it is good for me not to take life too serious. Things useally work out fine in the long run if I am open to trying new things and learning. P.S You did do a great job coaching Jared.

  6. Pablo

    Great stuff, everyone. My motivation for bringing up this distinction up is not to steer people away from being attached to their performance in the gym or in other areas of their life. It is not that attachment is bad and commitment is good. They both just result is certain outcomes. With attachment, I can alleviate some of my suffering, be it judgement, self-criticism, or frustration, when I notice the mechanism at play that makes it mean something regarding my performance. Simplistically, it may look like: I'm bad because I didn't do it or I'm good because I did. "I should be able to do this" is an expectation often comes up when I am moving some weight in some way that I have done before, but is not happening at that moment for whatever reason. And then what happens next is frustration. The frustration and expectations have no barring on my performance. I can either do it or not. The frustration then becomes just a sign post for what I expected to happen isn't happening. I then have a choice: the option of self-criticism or suffering or taking an honest look at my training and determine whether I am actually taking the steps to get the results I want. And commitment, for me, provides a larger context for the everyday steps and choices I am making along the way.

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