Someone Told Me I Should Quit
By Carlos Tapia, Instructor Training Program student
Earlier this week, someone told me I should quit the Instructor Training Program (ITP), and I almost listened. They said I’m not dedicated, and that I wasn’t up to the challenge of the task at hand. Of course, fear set in at this point. I continued to listen to the barrage of reasons why I wasn’t good enough: “You’ve been late, missed too many ITP classes, and are not capable of giving instruction to students, either novice or experienced.”
Funny thing is, I heard this on two different occasions. Though I brushed it off the first time, I didn’t have the resolve to handle it this time around. I grabbed my bag, walked into the gym, and decided to just focus on my workout for the next hour or so.
Of course, dangling in front of me the whole time was the image of this person spewing their words of negativity to me. I found myself saying: “Maybe they’re right. Maybe I should quit. Maybe I NEED to quit.”
Just as soon as I said the word ‘quit’, I realized what a terrible decision I’d be making. Regret and anger would surely loom over me, and that was something I couldn’t live with.
So I considered all the comments my “friend” said to me and came up with a rebuttal for everyone. If they thought I wasn’t dedicated enough they know nothing about me. If I’ve been late, I’ll be on time. If it’s within my power to be at class, I’ll be there early. If instruction is an issue, I’m at the right place to learn how to develop my craft.
I can’t help but wonder how often you’ve been told you should quit something by someone you know. It’s easy to wrap yourself in their blanket of faithlessness and stay there. I say go for it anyway. Heck, maybe what they’re saying is true, and the worst that can happen is you do fail. But within you is the ability to succeed in such a way that failure will be insignificant. So I chose to believe again that I can do it. After a bad start to my afternoon, I’d renewed my vows, so to speak, and was ready to move forward.
Oh, and if haven’t already guessed the hater’s identity, of course it was my good friend Self-Doubt.
Regina on KB swings
6a: All Levels CrossFit- Beka
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5p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
6p: All Levels CrossFit- Lis
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8p: Open Gym – Raul
Workout of the Day (WOD)
A. Overhead squat: 3-3-3+
B. For time:
20 Overhead squats @ 75% of Part A
30 Box jump, 30/24 inch box
40 Kettlebell swings, 1.5/1 pood
50 Sit ups
And coming tomorrow…
A. Deadlift: 5-5-5+
B. In teams of 3-4, rotate through each station 3x for max reps in 1 minute:
2. Ring Rows (advanced: prop feet on box)
3. Overhead walking lunges (45/25#)
4. Air squats
Rest :30 between stations
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1 thought on “WED 8.21.13 Someone told me I should quit”
Great post today Carlos! Way to overcome that self-doubt. It's been awesome seeing your coaching skills develop…looking forward to taking your first class someday soon! 🙂