Today marks a glorious day.
Not because we are in year end planning season, although I know you are as excited about that as I am. Today, I finished the 12 class fundamental program at Crossfit GSL . Troy has been very patient with me and Dustin during these classes. Our final workout (Troy called it graduation which is quite a masochistic form to celebrate graduation) was Fight Gone Bad.
My final rep count (don’t laugh….it’s still an accomplish for me even though your score is probably double) was 170. It is a workout that very much left me feeling fatigued. Very fatigued actually. So I sat down on the couch to recuperate before hitting the showers. (I was very fatigued, so I sat for a while).
During this time, the next class came in, warmed up, and started their WOD. This is when I had an interesting observation that I wanted to share with you because my discovery can be applied to your life as well.
Dustin and I are very focused as newbies in following the CrossFit way. Sticking with the form, doing the proper amount of reps, making sure to jump at the end of the burpee, extending legs fully on the row machine, etc.
The athletes who were at the class after ours have been going to CrossFit way longer than we have. I acknowledge I am new and therefore not as experienced. During the warm up, one athlete in particular didn’t appear to follow the same form we were taught during our fundamental class. He didn’t return to the floor in push up position for each wall walk. He didn’t do the full number of mountain climbers that was listed on the warm up list. He didn’t ask what the burpee broad jump meant and did a different version of the burpee, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see him get on the row machine at all. (The warm up list had 750m rowing on it.)
So here I am, the new guy, wondering if I missed something during the fundamental class. Maybe the veteran (or at least more experienced) athlete knows something that I don’t. He certainly looks more fit than I am, so he must be doing something right. And maybe he was having an off day. Maybe he mentally wasn’t committed to being present during his workout. He could be sick, or something else could be on his mind and he just wanted to get away from the problem and instead sweat with his CrossFit community. Those are all possibilities.
On the other hand, he simply could feel like he doesn’t need to do it 100%. His way is sufficient for him. This could be the habit and tendency he has created in his life based on past decisions. Cut one corner here and one corner there, and all of a sudden you have years of habit of cutting corners.
I’m sure you have seen these athletes in your own gym. Maybe you are bold enough to encourage them to do the full work, do the full motion of the movement. Maybe you sit back and quietly judge (like I did) as to what is going on.
This was the first time I witnessed this. I suspect this is not a common scenario and happens rarely. With a coach present at your WOD, the coach is there to provide encouragement. To instruct on proper form, to hold us accountable. (Troy had to yell at me twice for not doing a full squat on my wall balls.)
I’m not used to all the movements yet. So having a coach watching me and teaching me is really helpful. I’m not purposely trying to not full squat because my legs are wobbly and I want to die during the workout. My issue is I personally have years of high school weight training in my muscle memory which was, never have your butt lower than your knees and never have your knees out in front of your feet. In other words, I have years of bad habits that need to be changed.
We all have “bad habits” somewhere in our life. Areas we know we can improve on. Areas that having a coach would be helpful. You may be like me and also go through moments when you are totally committed to something, an idea, a behavior, that you are so pumped up about that you don’t need a coach. (Kind of like me and Dustin with our desire to use the right form and do the correct amount of reps.) Then life happens and your desire never made it onto your schedule. A couple months or years go by and then you remember you made a commitment before.
For us, our clients often experience this when they file their tax return. It’s an interesting thing, but very few of our clients went into business to become book keepers and accountants. So most don’t really enjoy doing their own accounting; therefore, they put it off all year. Then they get our harassing emails reminding them what we need to prepare their taxes. They then spend hours of their own time doing something they are not proficient at…their accounting. And when they finish, they feel relieved and they tell themselves they aren’t going to do that next year. They are going to stay on top of their accounting because the hours they just spent trying to do the all of last years accounting at once was very painful and frustrating. By golly, they are committed to doing their books at least once per month. Then a month passes and they say, “Well, it’s only one month I would be behind on, I can catch do two months next month.” (Cutting corners). You know the end of the story. They wait all year and then go through the same pain and frustration of doing an entire years of accounting at once.
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Now before you think “Here comes the sales pitch,” I am not suggesting you need to hire someone awesome and amazing like us to do your books. We think most business owners are very capable of doing their own books. While we do wish more people would use their books to make business decision, we recognize that many people need to grow themselves before they understand why that is so important. So we are not trying to sell you on outsourcing your book keeping….even though you could do that……with us…..because we are amazing.
My observation is that just as this athlete was cutting corners on his workout, business owners can just as easily cut corners on their tax and accounting needs. You probably wouldn’t tolerate that type of behavior from your athletes, so don’t tolerate that behavior in your financial life. Set a schedule for yourself to do your books at least once per month and stay disciplined on it. Set it for a time that has the smallest chance of having a distraction and stick to it. Monthly book keeping is so much easier than doing a whole year at once.
To further our recommendation, we are a licensed Profit First Professional firm. We recommend doing your accounting on the 10th and 25th of every month. On those days, and only those days are when you also write checks and pay bills. During that time, you also allocate a percentage of your revenues to paying owners, setting aside an amount for a quarterly distribution of profit to the owners, and saving for your tax liabilities. Through the profit first model, it makes us profitable from day one and it shows us how healthy or unhealthy our business really is.
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