I teach two sections of English II Honors. Any teacher can attest to the fact that the honors/AP student is a different breed. They are extremely concerned, in fact, most times, obsessed, with their grades. It never fails, that at the start of every marking period, one of these conscientious scholars will approach me, frantically questioning a lower mark. I always tell them the same story: “A marking period is a long time. 45 days [a standard ranking period] is a long time. Try to be consistent in getting higher grades, and you’ll see your average improve”.
The other day, I was doing a workout comprised of 10 chest-to-bar pull-ups, 10 burpees for 10 rounds. I did this with a group of competitive athletes, most of which, are more skilled with the chest-to-bars than I am. As the workout started, naturally, I fell behind. When this occurs, it is easy to mentally admit defeat…you’re behind. You’re last. There’s no catching up…
But remember 10 rounds, or five, or sometimes even three (or in the case of an AMRAP, perhaps 20, 12, or 10 minutes), can be a long time; enough of a long time, that if you remain composed, focused, and work steadily, not focusing so much on what others are doing, you can come out on top.
With the exception of two of athletes in the room on this day, this was the case for me in this particular workout. Remember this the next time you’re ready to mentally forfeit. There is more to the workout than the first two minutes (unless is “Fran” or “Diane”, then you’re doomed) 🙂