Owning Your Goals

Owning Your Goals: Why is it important to set and own goals for ourselves? There are many reasons and ways that setting goals is very beneficial to us. There is actually a certain science around the effect that setting goals can have. The point is not merely fantasizing about achieving our goals because this can trick our minds into believing that we have already achieved them, but taking and make them concrete.

This is called the “endowment effect.” Cornell University conducted an experiment which proves that when “we take ownership of something-an item, an idea or a goal, we are more committed to it,” as reported by Huffington Post.

In CrossFit, our goals translate into our own personal records or PRs. It’s not about being better than the next person; rather, it’s about beating our past personal records in order to become the best version of ourselves.

Owning Your Goals

Your PRs should be about more than the scale. It’s easy to get discouraged when the scale doesn’t say what you want, but remember that muscle weighs more than fat. If you’re gaining, it often means you’re becoming more fit and capable.

Celebrate your PRs! Even if you are only adding .5 pounds to your bar, ring the bell. Did you add 15 squats to your routine? Ring the bell. Let your friends in the CrossFit community know that you just broke one of your PRs so they can celebrate with you and offer their support. That’s what it’s all about.

Setting Clear Goals

Setting and achieving goals is a fundamental aspect of personal growth and self-improvement. It provides us with direction, motivation, and a sense of purpose in our endeavors. However, the way we approach our goals can significantly influence our likelihood of success. It’s not enough to merely fantasize about achieving our goals; we must take concrete steps to make them a reality.

The Endowment Effect

Research conducted by Cornell University has shed light on the concept known as the “endowment effect.” This phenomenon suggests that when we take ownership of something, whether it’s an item, an idea, or a goal, we become more committed to it. In the context of setting and pursuing goals, this means that we need to take ownership of our objectives. We must internalize them, make them a part of our identity, and take responsibility for their achievement.

PRs in CrossFit

In the world of CrossFit, our goals often manifest as Personal Records, commonly referred to as PRs. Unlike some competitive sports where the primary aim is to outperform others, CrossFit is a sport of self-improvement. It’s about continuously challenging ourselves to beat our previous personal records and become the best version of ourselves.

Beating Your Past Self

CrossFit athletes understand that their most significant competition is with themselves. The goal is not to compare oneself to others but to strive for self-improvement with every workout. Whether it’s lifting heavier weights, completing more repetitions, or achieving faster workout times, each CrossFit session presents an opportunity to beat our past selves.

Beyond the Scale

One essential aspect of tracking progress in CrossFit is understanding that success goes beyond the number on the scale. It’s common for individuals to fixate on their body weight as the sole measure of progress. However, this can be misleading, as it fails to account for crucial factors like muscle gain. In CrossFit, gaining weight often signifies an increase in strength and fitness rather than a setback.

Muscle vs. Fat

CrossFit athletes know that the scales may not always reflect their hard work accurately. Muscle is denser than fat, which means that even as you gain muscle and lose fat, your weight may remain relatively stable. This is why focusing solely on weight can be deceptive, as it doesn’t account for the positive changes happening within your body.

The Celebration of PRs

One of the most enjoyable aspects of CrossFit is the sense of community and support within the CrossFit box or gym. When an athlete achieves a new Personal Record, it’s cause for celebration. Many CrossFit gyms have a tradition of ringing a bell or cheering loudly when someone accomplishes a PR. This not only marks a personal victory but also invites fellow CrossFitters to share in the joy and offer their wholehearted support.

Ringing the Bell

The act of ringing a bell to acknowledge a PR is symbolic in CrossFit. It’s a moment of triumph, a declaration of progress, and an inspiration to others. It serves as a reminder that success in CrossFit is not just about the end result but about the journey, the growth, and the determination to be better than yesterday.

Community and Support

The CrossFit community thrives on celebrating personal victories, no matter how small or significant. The act of ringing the bell or sharing your PR achievements with others fosters camaraderie and support within the CrossFit gym. It’s a testament to the idea that in CrossFit, you’re not alone in your pursuit of excellence. Your fellow athletes are there to cheer you on, encourage you, and celebrate your successes.

By setting clear goals, taking ownership of them, and celebrating PRs, CrossFit athletes create an environment where personal growth and improvement are not just encouraged but celebrated. The CrossFit community understands that success is not just about winning; it’s about continuously challenging yourself, surpassing your limits, and becoming the best version of yourself. So, whether you’re adding a few extra pounds to your barbell or completing more reps than before, don’t forget to ring the bell and let the world know that you’re one step closer to your goals.

Remember to tag CrossFit Gardendale in your Facebook or Instagram posts about your PRs and your progress. We want to offer you the support that you need to succeed to own your goals!