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ACCOUNTABILITY

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[uh-koun-tuh-bil-i-tee] –noun, the state of being, liable, or answerable. An obligation or willingness to accept responsibility for one’s actions

6 syllables – that’s it. This one word has done more for me at the CrossFit box than any other six things. Like many, I came to CrossFit somewhat curious – what was it all about, what are the methods behind it, can I do this having never done Olympic Lifts before. Let’s see; front squat, overhead squat, snatch, clean and jerk, split jerk…and a whole bunch more — I had been tapering exactly 40 years for these – that was stuff other people did. But I dove in and loved it – gains initially came pretty quick. I’m not really good at anything, but I can suffer, which I found to be pretty useful in CrossFit as I am sure you have been on the suffering side a time or two at the box.

I saw people write their goals on the wall, trainers would harass me – “Meegs write your goals on the wall,” I didn’t – although I think about everyone else did. I wasn’t there yet. I kept telling myself I really knew what I wanted to do and where I wanted to go – I believed the load of crap I was selling myself. I didn’t want to be accountable. I wasn’t ready to accept responsibility for my actions, because we have all seen that what you do outside the box will translate into your performance inside. Sleep sucks = shitty WOD, bad nutrition – same result, and the list goes on…I wanted it to be somewhat divorced from the “rest of my life.”

I was sitting in a meeting that was, let’s just say it wasn’t the best use of my time (or at least that is what I thought…) when I started to write down a few things about CrossFit. It started out really simple – “XFit Goals…Back Squat 300lbs, Front Squat 205lbs, Deadlift 400lbs”…and the list went on. The more I wrote the more empowered I felt. I filled an entire page and suddenly I didn’t want the meeting to end!! “Row 2K sub 7 min, Fran Sub 5min, Get Multiple Muscle Ups…” It was then I realized, what I am doing now IS the rest of my life – and the reality check knocked on the door — everything is linked…you can’t get away from it by wishing or ignoring it away.

There it was – I was now accountable, I had CrossFit goals with a deadline to achieve them. I was excited to tell my wife and show her the list. I looked at things differently at the Box – I wrote things down and tracked the weights I was using – not to be obsessive, but because I had not tracked them before and found myself stagnating at the same weight as an excuse – ‘…I think I did 95lbs last time but I am not sure, so I’ll just do that weight again…’ I badgered the trainers for technique on Olympic lifts, especially OHS – which I still suck at…And the next time the trainers asked what is your one Rep Max (1RM) for deadlift – I knew what it was instead of the standard “uhh dunno, what should I do…”

The goals have changed, and they should – both short and long term – being accountable has not. Who I am accountable to has evolved – it was just me, but I realized that was way to narrow. My accountability has translated to my wife, children….and their children. I plan on being the Grandpa who takes the grandkids hiking, skiing, windsurfing, when I am ‘older than dirt…’ I WILL dance with my great-granddaughter at her wedding – who knows if I will live that long but if I do, I plan on being functional and independent. I will be there for my wife, whom I don’t deserve but thankfully she hangs around anyway. I am accountable to my Airmen and our Nation – I will give it 110% all the time and always be ready to deploy. I am accountable to all the CrossFitters at the Box – it is a community like no other.

Take the leap – write your goals down, post them on the wall behind the couch, blog them, talk about them – and make yourself accountable. Maybe the accountability is to just you, maybe your family, friends, to the members of your team, co-workers, or maybe it’s your fellow Trident CrossFitters, I don’t know. What I do know is that there is power behind those 6 syllables.

Meegs

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Discussion

  1. Leslie Steckbeck  November 30, 2010

    Well said! I wish I was there to “suffer” with you in the box!

  2. Matt Wilson  December 1, 2010

    Cool blog!!!! I write my goals on my bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker. You see it every morning and every time you take a potty break.

  3. Terrance Battle  December 2, 2010

    I totally agree with you guys and gals; I’ll share a few quotes I hold close to my vest. Matt, you’ll love the first qoute.

    “The secret to productive goal setting is in establishing clearly defined goals, writing them down and then focusing on them several times a day with words, pictures and emotions as if we’ve already achieved them.”
    — Denis Waitley

    “People with goals succeed because they know where they are going… It’s as simple as that.”
    — Earl Nightingale

    The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
    — Richard M. DeVos

  4. Meegs  December 2, 2010

    Matt – excellent idea and I guess you would see your goals more often if you drink more beer…

    T – nice quotes

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