“Show me a guy who’s afraid to look bad, and I’ll show you a guy you can beat every time.”
~Lou Brock (pictured, left)
Do you remember learning how to ride a bike? Or how about learning to roller skate? Do you recall learning to read?
I remember all of those moments. I remember zigzagging down the street, until finally crashing into a handicapped sign, splitting open my forehead. I also remember feeling (and looking I’m sure) like a newborn Bambi on skates, skinning my knees on multiple occasions. How about reading? I wanted to read so badly, but every time I attempted to do it aloud, my older sister would mock my lack of fluency and mimic a stuttering Porky Pig.
You see, as much as I remember failing at these actions, what I remember more is the feeling I had when I finally mastered them. The day I realized that I could read any book I wanted and had the courage to read aloud to my entire second grade class, was causation for a swelling of eight-year-old pride that is unforgettable.
To be honest, I do remember the failures, but I really don’t remember caring that much about them. I know that I got back on my bike, strapped on my skates, and read every book to my sister that I could get my hands on.
There’s something to be said about the spirit of a child. This desire to succeed, and not care what anyone thinks of you is admirable. Perhaps it’s because we didn’t know any better; perhaps it is because learning new things is commonplace in childhood.
Well it’s commonplace in CrossFit as well.
So what if you look stupid when you attempt to kip and swing uncontrollably on the bar? Who cares if you crumble to the side when attempt to get inverted in a handstand push-up?
You’ll never advance if you’re obsessed with looking foolish. Risk looking stupid, and you may just get the hang of it.
Try new things, both in the gym and outside. Maintain the spirit of that eight-year-old. You may be surprised just how many times you find yourself winning.