Lately in my spare time, I’ve been playing the Death Star edition of Tiny Towers on my iPad. If you’re even vaguely into Star Wars, I highly recommend NOT downloading it, because it will eat. Your. Life.
One thing about playing this game is, it’s gotten me thinking about Star Wars instead of… whatever it is that people think of besides Star Wars. Specifically, I’ve been thinking of the Dark Side cave on Dagobah (if I have to tell you I’m talking about The Empire Strikes Back, you can either receive a refund of your membership fees or come over to our place and watch the original original trilogy). After Luke “discovered” it, he asked Yoda what was in it: “Only what you take with you.”
Naturally, the only other thing on my mind besides kick ass science fiction and song lyrics is CrossFit, so my mind started blending the two together. I started comparing the gym to the Dark Side cave and how they’re so similar on that one point: what’s in the gym is what you bring with you.
When you first walk through that purple door, you’re usually bringing in everything you’ve ever been along with everything that’s happened to you that day. I’m not just talking about old injuries and stress either. I’m talking about your self-confidence. Your positive and negative self-talk. Your beliefs and your dreams.
So many of you first walked through that door thinking “I can’t.” Can’t do the exercises, can’t lift the weights, can’t compete with everyone else. Little by little a lot of you are starting to see just how wrong those assumptions were and leave more of it outside the gym.
Think about how a bad day just taints everything you do. You wake up in a foul mood and spill your coffee. That gets you mad and you slam down the coffee cup a little too hard and break it. Then everything really starts to snowball. One bad decision leads to another leads to another.
The same thing happens when you bring those bad thoughts with you to the gym. Thinking you can never lift a heavy weight means you never will. Leaving all perceptions of that heavy weight outside the door means you’ve got a chance to amaze yourself.
The key word in Yoda’s statement is the word “only.” What’s in here is only what you bring in. The less you bring in, the more room you have for new things to fill that space. Then you carry those new things with you to your next adventure, a little strong and wiser for the experience.
So think about what you’re bringing in to the gym each time you walk through the door. You’re going to learn a lesson no matter what, but will it be a good one?