“You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your (expletive) khakis.” – “Fight Club” (Movie)
The football player wears shoulder pads and a helmet. The chef puts on an apron. The accountant brings a suitcase everywhere she goes. These are materialistic identifiables, but it tells us nothing about who they really are.
If we were to strip ourselves of all materials, who are we? If we were to take away our job, our possessions… how would one describe us?
Let character be what defines us. Let it be our loudest statement.
“When I write, I feel like an armless, legless man with a crayon in his mouth.” – Kurt Vonnegut
It can be easy to forget that even the greats are full of awkwardness and clumsiness. Yet the man quoted above is known to have changed the face of American literature.
But despite Vonnegut’s success, he didn’t start that way. It was full of fumbles, false starts, and embarrassing mistakes. Yet where others in his shoes stopped, he chose to keep going. Forcing himself to move forward. He kept taking one more step, even when the process did not seem rewarding.
Awkward and clumsy is not just OK… it’s part of the way.
200′ Single Arm Overhead Dumbbell Carry (Change Every 50′)
Geico (AMRAP – Rounds and Reps)
60 Double Unders
10 Thrusters (115/85) (Rx+=155/105)
CrossFit Evergreen – CrossFit
“For most of us, the problem is not a lack of goals. But rather too many of them.” – Roy F. Baumeister
Goal setting can be exciting. We all love doing it… thinking about the future. To plan, visualize, and dream. It’s arguably a major strength of ours, as there rarely ever is a shortage we can list off.
The quote brings to light that this strength is however a double-edged sword. For we can create so many goals that we actually dilute our focus. And dilute our time and effort. It’s not that some aren’t important to us, but… if everything is important, then nothing is important.
Less can be more. In the words of Confucius, “Person who chases two rabbits, catches neither”.