Guest post from Chase J. He will be hosting a seminar here on March 26th. Please look for a sign up sheet and flyer in the gym in the coming days. ALSO, if you would like to be part of a Food Focus for 90 days, please request to join the CrossFit San Leandro Nutrition Group.
CFSL: The Progress Principle
How does one avoid complacency at the gym? You show up everyday and do the workouts but weeks go by and you do not see monumental gains. This can be disheartening and can potentially reduce your motivation, drive and effort.
Acclaimed Harvard Business School professor Teresa Amabile has spent her entire career studying what keeps people motivated. What has she found?
The answer, it turns out, is simply progress. A sense of forward motion. Regardless how small. And that’s the interesting part. Amabile found that minor victories are nearly as psychologically powerful as major breakthroughs. Even ordinary, incremental progress can increase people’s engagement and their happiness during the day.
It’s all about Progress. NO MATTER HOW SMALL. Amabile terms her life’s work the Progress Principle, and this concept of the Progress Principle can be directly applied to your work at the gym. We all want to create small wins. Followed by more small wins. Followed by more small wins!
We want to break our huge goals down into smaller goals and break those smaller goals into even smaller goals and then go crush it—creating progress… Regardless how small.
This is my challenge to you…
What CrossFit movement or skill do you really want to improve on? Two days this week spend twenty minutes before or after class working on this movement/skill. Make note of any progress you have made (even if it is a small win) and decide when and where you will pick up the movement again. According to the Progress Principle, the progress, and the mini-celebration of simply noting it, can lift your CFSL experience.
When we think about progress, we often imagine how good it feels to achieve a long-term goal or experience a major breakthrough. These big wins are great—but they are relatively rare. The good news is that even small wins can boost your motivation tremendously. Today have fun going out and focusing on becoming one second faster, lifting 1 kilo more, completing one more rep doing this hence will bring the benefits of the Progress Principle to your life.