Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

I’ve been procrastinating starting this blog for a while, mainly because I had no idea where to begin. I think I finally got it.

A few weeks ago, I was working out at CrossFit Singular Box; the gym I go to in Madrid, Spain.  While everyone was stretching after the workout, one of the coaches, Adrian, asked me if I was going to do a competition hosted at the box, which would simulate the CrossFit Games.  I initially thought, Am I good enough?  and responded with a shy, “I don’t think so.”  Looking back on it, what a terrible thing to think.

I couldn’t stick with my original answer, it just seemed too cowardly.  When he asked me, “Why not?” I was forced to ask myself: Why shouldn’t I do the competition?  For fear of not being the best?  That’s just not a good enough excuse. So, of course, I agreed to do it.

Flash forward two weeks to today.  We’ve just had our second, and final, qualifying WOD (Workout of the Day).  Only a certain number of members will be accepted into the competition.

I would be lying if I said the workouts have been easy. They’ve been incredibly hard.  I haven’t yet mentioned that I have BPI (Brachial Plexus Injury), which makes some of the exercises difficult.  I virtually do one-armed burpees and a majority of the time my right arm overcompensates for my left.  I struggle with a majority of the WODs.  However, everyone has something. Everyone has a limiting factor. It can be mental, physical, or emotional.  But to allow that limit to take control of your life can be so detrimental.

A wise woman named Cynthia Chiam once said, “When you step out of your comfort zone, you are stepping into your greatness.” I want to have the courage to do exactly this, and my hope is that you will try to do the same.


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