The ‘D’ Word

6am sprints.

CrossFit warpaint; Jenny chalks up for a WOD.

Recently this quotation was posted on the main site.  It is from B. C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes magazine.

How you start is important, very important, but in the end it is how you finish that counts. It is easier to be a self-starter than a self-finisher. The victor in the race is not the one who dashes off swiftest but the one who leads at the finish. In the race for success, speed is less important than stamina. The sticker outlasts the sprinter in life’s race. In America we breed many hares but not so many tortoises.

I often hear people talk about the progress that such and such a person has made.  Usually these remarks are accompanied with a tone of envy or surprise or wonder.  There is no secret to some people’s success or progress at something, but it does involve a word that is not very popular–discipline.

Discipline, more than anything else, is what sets people apart when it comes to progress and success.  There is always, always, a direct correlation between progress and the amount of discipline with which one pursues the endeavor.

Discipline is kind of an old fashioned word these days.  It isn’t very flashy, very cool, or very hip, but it is absolutely the key to your progress in anything you do.  As Mr Forbes notes above, it’s easy to start something, but a lot harder to continue with it, to keep working. The amount of time you put into something is what you will reap from it.  When ever I see someone excelling, lifting heavy, gaining muscle, losing fat, gaining speed, I always know they are training hard and regularly.  That they have discipline.

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Workout:

Weighted Jumps w/dumbbells.

Use a box height you are comfortable with.  Work your way up in sets of 2.

Then:

400m Run

5 Rounds

5 Power Cleans 80% 1RM

5 Hand Stand Pushups

200m Run