You see an event or a task and you think to yourself, "hey that sounds easy and I think I can win it! I should do it!" Then you do it and you win. What exactly did you do for yourself? Did you gain confidence? Did you gain experience? Did you gain an improved work ethic? Did you test yourself? I would venture to say NO on all these. If you do something ONLY because you can win, then it's kind of like a college athlete competing against junior high kids: a waste of time? And what did the college athlete get out of it? Nothing. I have seen these things happen in CrossFit events where you have an athlete that knows they will be able to win the scaled division so they drop to that division. "I don't always win at crossfit competitions but when I do....." UGH! Now everyone wants to win. Nobody wants to feel "less-than" or like a "loser" but sports and competition is bigger than that. It's a test. A test of what you have and what you are able to give. A test of how much can you take. And more than that, there is an honor that is built. An honor of self-pride and self-determination. And even more important that you learn MORE than you could ever get for winning a bag of protein and sitting on top of the podium. Life isn't about sitting back and picking off all the easy pieces of low hanging fruit. It's about shooting for the stars. It's about going big. Its about seeing just how crazy you can go! It's about upsetting the odds and doing something amazing. But even if you don't win, you still get ALL of these same things!!!! You hear all the time that it's not about the result but about the journey. This is EXACTLY that! Yes, it's great to win but who will remember it in a month? Probably no one. Are you going to hold on to that one thing as the high point of your life? Probably not. But all the things you got from going for it (win or lose) is going to do AMAZING things for you as you go through your life! I think all this comes from a very purist honor thing about competing. Its a very cool and important thing to put yourself out there and go for it! So for those of you that do, I tip my hat to you. Those that are afraid of it, I challenge you to let go and get in the mix! Get everything you can from it and going big!!! :)

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