05-03 Thursday

4 rounds for time
800m row
20 DB step ups (50/35)
10 burpee box jump

“Your mind will take the shape of what you frequently hold in thought, for the human spirit is colored by such impressions.” – Marcus Aurelius

If we were to bend our torso into a hunched over position for many days, the curvature of the spine changes.
If we speak a specific language for an extended period of time, we develop an accent.
The same is true for the mind. We are adaptable machines.

If we hold a consistently negative outlook, or find a recurring pessimistic take on things, soon enough everything you encounter will seem negative. It’s contagious, in a very dangerous way. Moving in the opposite direction, if we see the value, the good in everything, things change.

This isn’t a an attempt to take a delusional view to the world, as if we are blind to all things that could be challenging or unfortunate. It’s instead simply focusing on this mindset: “What good can I make from this?”

It’s not easy, and it takes tremendous will. But we don’t cave to the easy way out. There is always something good to be pulled from every situation. The challenge is finding it, and bringing it to light, and staying focused on it.

Missed a lift?
Good, let’s find out why, and make a plan to improve it.
Didn’t get promoted at work?
Good, more time to get even better in this position. More time to prepare for the next.
Late to your appointment?
Good, found a loophole in the scheduling process. Time to go back and bulletproof that so it doesn’t happen in a more important situation.