I just LOVE this quote I came across the other day.

That which we persist in doing becomes easier, not that the task itself has become easier, but that our ability to perform it has improved.

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you don't have persistence, if you become easily discouraged and give up on things you're not good at, then you will NEVER be good at anything. You'll never succeed. 

If I just gave up and quit when I got frustrated that I couldn't do something, then right now I wouldn't be able to do so many things- handstands, muscle ups, handstand pushups, snatches, or double unders, for example.

It wasn't like I just got up on the rings one day and did a muscle up. NO-it took persistence. It took lots of practice and many, many times of trying and failing before I got my first one.

Same thing with double unders. I didn't just pick up the rope, try a few times, and then just start busting out double unders.  Nope, I was pretty bad at them at first-it took SO much effort just to do one or two in a row!  But you know what? Today I did double unders in my workout, and I was FLYING! They seemed SO easy!  Did they get easier? No, I just got better at doing them because I practiced and practiced!

Persistence pays off. And this applies to life in general as well, not just CrossFit.


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