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Expectation Creep

Expectation Creep

The ladies + Tay after doing their heat in Linda aka Three Bars of DEATH.

Warm-up: 400m Run, LAX ball for 8 min

Mid Hang Snatch: 4×2

OHS: Begin at snatch weight, perform 1 rep every minute, add 10 lbs after every successful rep

Front Squat: Begin at first failed OHS, perform 1 rep every minute, add 10 lbs after every successful rep

Finisher: L-hang 2 min

It is an amazing time we live in!  News travels around the world in a matter of seconds.  We can have Amazon.com ship us almost anything we want overnight.  We can zap food, master flight, and watch the greatest soccer team ever assembled in FC Barcelona.  Our expectations are high.  Are they too high?

Is fixing the economy as simple as getting rid of one guy in the White House and putting another one in to power?  Or is there something deeper that needs to be fixed?  That is a question for another blog, so we will instead tackle a different form of expectation creep.

Expectation creep, in the words of Art of Manliness, is the “ever-increasing expectation that everything in life will come to us quicker and easier than before.”  Many people suffer from expectation creep.  I sure do.  If I don’t know something I get on Google or Wikipedia right away and learn.  I expect that I will always have access to Dictionary.com and many other sources on the new-fangled Interweb.  There is not much work that goes in to me accessing these sources.

I try not to let that expectation creep spill over in to other aspects of my life.  Writing a meaningful blog post takes time and brainstorming.  Overhead squatting 275 lbs takes tenacity and consistent hard work.  Active listening does not come easily.  Setting and meeting goals require forethought and then action.  I implore you not to let that expectation creep take over any aspect of your life – much less any portion of your health.

If you want something, work hard for it.  Know right from the outset that you will need to be consistent, but just showing up does not equal putting forth effort.  Someone said that showing up is half of life.  Well that is the easy half.  Some other dimwit said good things come to those who wait.  The only good that comes to those waiting around is the scraps from those that chose to get after their goals with hard work.  Don’t settle for scraps.  They are rarely paleo.

I leave you with The Strenuous Life by my favorite president and a man who outworked all those around him, Theodore Rooselvelt.

Ask Taylor what Teddy did for “vacation.”

Coach G

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:46+00:00 February 9th, 2012|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|1 Comment

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  1. T-Pain February 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm

    Since there were zero comments, I just wanted to say that I read this post, and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Fun Fact: As well as being an avid proponent of the strenuous life, President, Medal of Honor winner, and a million other accolades, Theodore Roosevelt was one of the major players in beginning the Environmental movement in the U.S. Many National Parks have good ol’ T.R. to thank for their existence.

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