Jason Khalipa, a former CrossFit Games Champion used to wear a wristband with the words “EARNED” splattered across it when he competed.
The wristband signified that Khalipa had put in the hours and hours’ worth of training and work to be where he was now – taking the floor and competing amongst the fittest athletes in the world at the CrossFit Games.
Expectation is something we all share as humans – whether we are aware of them or not.
But these need to be realistic; an honest assessment about where we are at, all things considered. Otherwise we are bound to be disappointed.
Let’s look at how this might play out in our training…
If we know our sleep, nutrition and stress has been way out of whack lately, is it reasonable to expect to PR our Fran time?
If we have been training on and off for two months, is the expectation to RX every workout sensible?
Is expecting to have abs when we have been inconsistent with nutrition realistic?
To link all this back to Khalipa…
Expectation must be earned.
Expectation is earned when we have been training consistently for 3 months. Only then can we push the pace a little in a workout and expect to maintain it throughout.
If we’ve spent hours practicing our deadlift technique, only then we can expect to hit a PR when we step up to the barbell.
The expectation has been earned – regardless of whether you wear a wristband to signify this or develop the confidence and self -belief in knowing that you have put in the work.
Think on this throughout week – have you really earned the expectation that you place on yourself? Or are these unrealistic, setting yourself up for disappointment?