This past weekend was my 3 year anniversary at my CrossFit gym. Anniversaries are a good time to look back and see how far you've come. Here are 3 things I've learned as an athlete, CF coach, and physical therapist/physiocoach that I hope others can learn from as well:
1. Growth and progress can be measured in many different ways. Even when you plateau I bet I can find a way you've made progress.
2. Your body works well when you treat it well. We say it all the time, but sleep, nutrition, stress, hydration, warm-ups and warm-downs all affect how you perform and recover on a daily basis. Some days you'll have it. Some days you won't. It's ok. Listen to your body. It'll thank you later. Live to lift or exercise another day.
3. We put repetition in what we value. Break apart your day and see what you spend the most time doing. Chances are, you value that thing (or those things) very highly. If you want to make changes in certain areas of your life, you have to value it and put repetition in it. If you want to improve your running, you have to run (and correctly). If you want to have better mobility you have to mobilize. Don't expect to get better at something if you don't invest into it (but do make sure you do things correctly).