WOD:

CrossFit Open Workout 14.4

14 Minute AMRAP

60 Calorie row

50 Wall balls (20#/14#)

40 Toes-to-bar

30 Power cleans (135#/95#)

20 Ring muscle-ups

Mission Fit:

5 Rounds:

1 Minute AMRAP

10 Medicine Ball Cleans

Max Calorie Echo Bike

Rest 1:00 between rounds

———————————————————-The Process Trumps The Outcome

Goal setting is important. It helps to create focus. Goals can motivate you to work hard and take necessary steps to get the results you are after. But, what if you don’t achieve your goal? Has that thought ever crossed your mind?

Goal attainment should not be the ultimate measure of success.

Does that sound counterintuitive?

Did I just say that you should set goals and then be okay with not accomplishing your goals?

Yep, I sure did.

Successfully achieving a goal isn’t always within your control. You may set a goal to get a promotion at work. What if there is unexpected economic turmoil that prevents your company from promoting people or ever worse there are layoffs? You may set a goal of running a new personal record in a half-marathon. What if on race day there are terrible winds and rain, or what if you catch a cold 2 days before the race?

What does that leave you with?

The process.

All that hard work you put into developing your leadership skills and technical prowess at your job are still there. When the economy turns around, you’ll still be positioned for that promotion. All the miles you put into your race day preparation, all the care you put into your honing your diet and taking care of your body still improved your overall health and fitness. That will give you a boost for your next race.

The process did what it was intended to do.

In my opinion, goal setting should be done primarily to help you create the process that you believe best positions you to achieve your goals. From that point on, your heart and full effort should be poured into implementing the process, not achieving the goal.

If you put maximum effort into the steps that will lead you to success, at the end of the day, you can be satisfied with your effort, regardless of the ultimate outcome. You can go to bed knowing you did everything within your power. If you do not achieve your ultimate goal, you can still hold your head high with the knowledge that you did not leave anything on the table.

The magic is not in setting the perfect goal. The magic is in implementing and sticking to the process.

The process trumps the outcome