10 Lessons You Should Unlearn (in Life and in CrossFit)

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We learn a lot of lessons along the way in life — some good, some not so good. Martha Beck of Oprah Magazine has a great list of 10 Life Lessons You Should Unlearn, and it turns out that almost all of them are directly applicable to CrossFit training as well. Take a read through and let us know if there are other life lessons you have experienced that should make the list:

1. Problems are bad.

1. Problems are bad.

Solving a knotty problem can help us be happy, but we don’t have to be happy to feel good.
You spent your school years solving arbitrary problems imposed by boring authority figures. You learned that problems — comment se dit? — suck. But people without real problems go mad and invent things like base jumping and wedding planning.

Real problems are wonderful, each carrying the seeds of its own solution. Job burnout? It’s steering you toward your perfect career. An awful relationship? It’s teaching you what love means. Confusing tax forms? They’re suggesting you hire an accountant, so you can focus on more interesting tasks, such as flossing. Finding the solution to each problem is what gives life its gusto.

Read Back to Basics: How to Turn a Step Back into a Step Up.

2. It’s important to stay happy.

Solving a knotty problem can help us be happy, but we don’t have to be happy to feel good. If that sounds crazy, try this: Focus on something that makes you miserable. Then think, “I must stay happy!” Stressful, isn’t it? Now say, “It’s okay to be as sad as I need to be.” This kind of permission to feel as we feel — not continuous happiness — is the foundation of well-being.

Read Maintaining Perspective on CrossFit

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