Ways to Make Positive Change

Change is a really scary thing; it brings with it the unknown – be it good or bad. It means the future will look different than it does now and that’s a really scary thought. Humans thrive on homeostasis, the continuity of life, predictability if you will. It can be a good thing. For example, if your sleep patterns varied wildly every day; you’d live in a pretty tumultuous state, never sure if it was night or day, and your hormones would be screaming uncle and asking for some type of normalcy. When it comes to sleep patterns, normalcy is ideal.

Where the fear of change gets us in trouble though is when we develop unhealthy habits, of which we may or may not be cognizant. I’m not just referring to nutrition either. It could be your friend patterns, your work patterns, dating patterns, anything really. Sometimes it’s easy to stay the course because it’s much harder to stomach the taste of change. Your mind and body can fight back even though you know it might be better for you and your future self to take the leap of faith and make the change. So how do we overcome such a resilient opposing energy? One place to start (and it’s ridiculous how challenging this can be) is to find a blank canvas and write down your options. Some people might prefer to speak it into a recorder, some may prefer to write it down, others possibly draw it out. Pick your poison but what you're doing is admitting that there’s something to work on and confronting it all at the same time.

Once you’ve written it out, let your mind start to conceive other potential outcomes. Continue to put these thoughts down. It could be alternative options, habit changes that will get you there, maybe it’s drawing or writing out what your ideal future self looks like. By doing this you’re drawing alternative roads to travel. Don’t limit yourself here, there aren’t any bad ideas at this point, just different ones.

Finally, test each of these alternatives on for size. Take a few moments with each option and imagine yourself in that place, doing the thing you’ve created. Notice how it feels. Does it feel good? Does it feel right? Be open to what “feel” means here. Some people might “feel” right, others might have a color come to mind, others still might see a shape. There’s no limit to the possibility of how your body and mind will talk to you here. Just be open to the sensations. They don’t have to have meaning, I’ve had plenty of meditations where words, shapes, and colors come to the forefront and I couldn’t explain them if I wanted to. Eventually these variables will speak to you though and these should be your guide.

Take all these options and decide which “felt” the best. This could, and I emphasize could, be a great option for you to work toward. Maybe none of these options sounds right, maybe they all do. What’s important is that you identify what changes might be necessary in your life and that you commit yourself to some kind of action. One of my favorite comments when I’m coaching is “I can coach movement; I can’t coach non-movement.” What this means is that if you’re moving incorrectly, I can help you make changes, but if you’re thinking too much and not moving at all, there’s nothing I can do as a coach because there’s no movement happening. So take action in your own life and identify something that could make a lasting impact on your future.

Coach Graham


WOD 101816

What are you grateful for everyday?

Warm-up 1

5 Minute Jump Rope

3 Rounds:
10 Pass Throughs(vary each round the type, circle, rev, etc.)
10 Good Mornings
10 OHS
10 Jackknives
30 Russian Twists

Metcon (AMRAP - Reps)

For Max Reps (or Calories):
2 Minutes Row for Calories
Rest 2 minutes
2 Minutes Max Reps Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg)
Rest 2 minutes
2 Minutes Max Reps Burpees
Rest 2 minutes
2 Minutes Max Reps Sit-ups

Rest 6 minutes:
At the 20 Minute Mark begin METCON 2....

Metcon (AMRAP - Reps)

For Max Reps (or Calories):
1 Minutes Row for Calories
Rest 1 minutes
1 Minutes Max Reps Kettlebell Swings (24/16 kg)
Rest 1 minutes
1 Minutes Max Reps Burpees
Rest 1 minutes
1 Minutes Max Reps Sit-ups

Cash Out

400M Run with kettlebell

Out of Town WOD



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