Ninja’s Notes: 20 January 2017

Today is an important day in our country – Inauguration Day. Some of us are happy, many of us are angry, and a bunch of us are numb. I always do my best to live my life through the belief that “perspective is everything”.

Note: this is not a post about politics, as this is not the venue for that.

The reason why I bring up this historic day is because there are so many heightened opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions floating around that I don’t think it is possible to escape. How we choose to respond to the life swirling around us shows our true character. Are we reacting emotionally or rationally? Are we thinking before we speak, or are we going to regret what just spewed out of our mouth?

CFSB 2.0 has been open for a little over seven months now (there was a two month transition period between CFSB 1.0 and 2.0 that I like to refer to as purgatory, haha!), and within these past seven months, I have learned more than I thought I ever would; not only about the business side of things, but also about myself and people in general. (My degree is in Sociology, so I thrive on learning about and studying people!) The main theme that kept presenting itself to me was compassion.

As a first-time business owner, I made a lot of mistakes. I have no problem admitting that. To be honest, there were plenty of times where I was worried that I took on more than I could handle. That thought still pops into my head, but not as often anymore. However, what kept me going were particular members and coaches that had my back and believed in me that I could do this. Their compassion helped me overcome my doubts and their belief in me keeps me moving forward. This sh#t ain’t easy, but I love what I do and I am unbelievably grateful that I have the opportunity to provide for this community.

Community.

CrossFit started as a small online community, and grew to over 13,000 affiliates because of its followers’ belief in community. I am proud to say that I am part of the first CrossFit gym in the Santa Barbara area. What started as a small gym inside of the garage of a retired US Marine has now grown into something amazing, all because of its members.

Since 2008 when CFSB was established, six gyms have opened from Goleta to Carpinteria that are either CrossFit affiliates or are no longer affiliated, but still offer similar workouts and programming. At first glance, it could appear to be overwhelming; there are so many in such a small area! How I choose to view the situation is this: there is something for every person. Every single CrossFit gym in this area has a different vibe. What may work for one, may not work for another. We’ve had people leave to go to another gym, and we’ve had people leave and come back. When people leave my gym to go to another gym, there are two thoughts that go through my head: We either 1) did something wrong, or 2) did not provide what they needed. Sometimes what they need is something that we could not provide, and that is okay. That is why other gyms exist. If we did something wrong, I take a step back, assess the situation, solve the problem, and move on.

Perspective.

Let us now reflect on the three themes of this post: perspective, compassion, and community. In order for us to succeed in the gym, in life, or as a community (or even as a country), we need compassion. To have compassion is to look at the situation from a perspective that may not be our initial choice. It is to look at a situation through the eyes of the other. Perhaps it’s having compassion for yourself. This is where we begin to understand others, which will then help us understand that of ourselves. We all come to CrossFit to grow, both physically and mentally. Growth comes through understanding. When that exists, that is when our community grows.

CrossFit is community.

Be well,
Coach Ninja

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