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Ok, those who know me will tell you how annoyingly upbeat I have been recently.

Darina tells anyone who’ll listen

“He’s in top-form, you just want to punch him”

It’s true. I have never felt more energised and ready for the next chapter.

A large part of that is down to finding a bit of clarity. Clarity about what’s important, and what’s not.

Figuring this out has frankly changed everything. Its like I have had this file on my computer named ”Dreams” and someone came along and converted it to “Plans”.

Decisions about where to invest energy and where to say NO have become obvious and easy.

Finding this clarity has been a process of answering hard questions over the past 2 months. This process is detailed in the book “Traction” recommended to me by Ben Bergeron. Its largely a process of target-setting and below is a very broad outline of that process and a few observations along the way.

Obviously, I recommend you go read the book.

10 Year Target

Your big hairy audacious goal. If I work my butt off for 10 years, would I be satisfied if this was the outcome? Thats the question. It has to feel worth it, so aim high.

3 Year Target

Where I need to be in 3 years to set me up for that 10 year goal. I was very surprised how close this looked to my 10 year target. My gut says its right though. We even tried to keep it relatively conservative and it still looked about 70% done in 3 years. Which means I will have 7 years of being very patient thereafter. Happily patient mind you.

1 Year Target

Approx a third of my way to my 3 year target. This is where it gets both very exciting and a little anxious. You can start to see your big hairy audacious goal beginning to take shape and it starts to feel very real. Then, the pressure hits you. Shit, I have work to do and can’t miss anything. Never have I felt something that sharpens the focus more.

Next 90 Days

What are the big things things that need to happen now to keep me tracking with my 1 year goal. My “rocks”, the nitty gritty, day-to-day stuff that moves me a step closer. Rower maintenance and cleaning toilets are all-of-a-sudden directly related to bringing an athlete to the CrossFit Games. Very cool.

This week

Track my rocks from last week, reset them for the coming week. This is a weekly meeting dedicated to that 10, 3, 1 year and 90 day targets. We’re on a schedule now, and can’t fall behind. The buck stops here.

And repeat, the buck stops here.

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#173 Who We Are

Who are we? As a gym, as a community, as an organisation.

What defines us?

This was an exercise I set out to complete a few weeks ago.

To establish a set of core values that we believe in and constantly strive to become.

In reality, we are many things. Too many in fact.

I had written down nine core values which seemed to sum us up nice and succinctly.

Then I was challenged was to boil it down to three. Not so easy.

Then I spent two days at CrossFit New England and the answer soon became clear..

This is who we are


1. Humble
“freedom from pride or arrogance”, “holding a modest opinion of one’s importance or rank”

Humble people tend to put others first. Its a nice thing, but lets not confuse that with some sort of submissive acquiescence. Its not a lack of strength. Its more a recognition that no matter how good we are are, we all have things we can improve on. Its also a recognition that the more we build others up around us, the better we become.
Lets not forget that our goals are lofty and we’re not there yet. We don’t shout about how good we are but instead get our heads down and work our arses off for it.
Can we be confident and humble at the same time? Absolutely. Can we be humble and arrogant at the same time? Absolutely not. The net effect is a huge openness to feedback and nicer environment to grow in.

2. Hungry
This is trait that is probably most associated with CrossFitters. That get after it mentality. The very fact you were interested joining a CrossFit gym in the first place probably marks you out as somebody who’s not afraid of hard work. Hungry people seek out challenge and appreciate the value in going through discomfort. Once we recognise this in ourselves, we start approaching our challenges with energy and enthusiasm. “Let me at it.” “Bring it on.” This is what we see every day at the whiteboard, on the pull up bar and under the barbell…and i couldn’t love it more.

3. Happy
If we are not aiming for happiness, what exactly are doing? its kinda the whole point. The most common mistake is attaching happiness to future goals. “I’ll be happy when…”. Even CrossFit Games champions will tell you that after fleeting moment of happiness, they just move the goal post and start thinking about next year and retaining their title. This may be a useful device in keeping us moving forward, but what about right now?
My father always taught me to value relationships above everything else. Its all we have at the end of the day. My wife always reminds me(annoyingly) to be grateful for what i have right now. When i’m in the worst mood she’ll say, “go on, list 3 things”. After i tell her to piss off a few times, I’ll roll my eyes and do my list. “i’m grateful for…” Annoyingly, it always works.
Gratitude and relationships are where real happiness lie, and yet i need to be reminded of this daily. So, here i am reminding myself once more. I have a gym full of happy, hungry and humble people and i couldn’t ask for anything more.

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