Keep Your Chin Up

Courtesy of The Fontana Studios

This past weekend I was in Portland, OR for work, but I was able to spend a couple hours in the city and it was a PERFECT weekend! After standing in line at an ice cream shop (Salt & Straw) for the better part of an hour (worth every minute of it!) I spotted this mural as I was walking back to my car. It’s part of the Forest for the Trees mural project which you can read about here (

It’s a good reminder for a lot of reasons, especially when you push yourself hard whether it’s in working out, just plain work, relationships, or whatever. I’ve always found it very easy to focus on the negative, and I don’t think I’m alone in that. In a class of 40 doctors I may have two who leave me negative comments while 38 have rave reviews. Guess which ones I focus on and let beat me up? Or you work out on a day where you feel so-so and your score gets worse compared to the last time you did the WOD. Most people would be in bed or binge drinking or whatever it is they do to get through a tough day and here you are WORKING OUT! Yeah, you didn’t set ANOTHER personal record, but you still put the work in when you didn’t have to, right?

It’s easy to beat yourself up. Lots of people struggle with that and if you’re like me it can become a lifelong battle of you against yourself. While I do believe it’s ALWAYS important to do your best in everything you do and always to put 100% in, sometimes you have to balance that with just a LITTLE attitude called “DGAF” (Don’t Give A F#$!) when it comes to the little bumps in the road. We can work on our mentality WOD together, how’s that sound?

Post your own struggles and how you’ve been able to get through them to inspire the rest of us and keep your chin up!

2 thoughts on “Keep Your Chin Up

  1. Great post. I’ve been beating myself up over a couple of poor performances in the Open. Surprise…I big struggled with Chest-to-bar pullups and Toes-to-bar. Anyway, last year at this time I was walking into a CF gym for the first time. I should be thrilled to finish the Open as Rx’d instead of being down about not getting out of the first round in a couple of WODs. I guess pushing yourself to improve is one of the reasons we are drawn to CrossFit, but we definitely need to focus on the positive gains while still working on our issues.

    • Thanks for sharing, Dean. HELL YES you should be happy for finishing an Rx Open, especially THIS one! That kicks ass! Can you do better? Sure. Can you do just one more burpee? Sure, until the burpee that carries you off to Heaven. LOL Great achievement, you made my day!

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