“Every master was once a beginner.” – Robin S. Sharma

“Stick to the basics and when you feel you’ve mastered them it’s time to start all over again, begin anew – again with the basics – this time paying closer attention.” – Greg Glassman

No matter your level of mastery in or of a thing, you can always be a beginner. So to all of you out there who feel like you’ve got it mastered, I dare you to begin again. But not for the reason you think…I’ll tell you why at the end.

Really, I’m here to talk about the true beginner. The ones sitting on their couch, aware that they need to do something, but they’re not sure what.  Running through the list of pros and cons about making a change, hoping there will be enough pros to outweigh the cons and motivate you to do SOMETHING!  ANYTHING!

I want to encourage you with WHY you should get off the couch and give yourself a chance. Do you remember that last time you learned something new that you actually enjoyed doing?

Do you remember how scared you felt the first time you tried. You were so nervous, yet so excited. Then, you did it. And you didn’t totally suck at it (or maybe you did) but it was so cool that you decided to try again.

Then it triggered something in you. “Let me try again” you thought. And try you did. You became obsessed. You wanted to try over and over. Then you bought the gear and tried some more. Then, you even tried harder versions of it.

It was amazing and exciting. And it made a part of you think “if I can do this, I can do ANYTHING!”

That. That is what CrossFit is like. Every single day.  Some days you come in and feel unbeatable as you finally conquer a new skill or heavier weight.  Then other days, you’re the beginner again and you get to feel the thrill of that climb all over.

It’s why Glassman’s quote at the top is so important. Not just for remastering the basics, but also for remembering the thrill of being a beginner and going from awful, to ok, to good, to even great at something.

That constant challenge and conquest becomes play and reminds us that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

For the old dog, come on in. Let’s see if we can’t teach you a thing or two. From one old dog to another, I swear it’s as fun as you remember.

For the new dog. The one still sitting on the couch.  We know you don’t have a plan. We do. Put down the pros and cons list. Come enjoy being a beginner. It’s what makes life fun!