CrossFit Exemplify in Morris, IL

Excellence over "Easiness"


“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle

We are a society who wants everything easy. It’s just in our nature. We want fast food, fast weight loss, easy exercise, pain relief in a convenient pill.  It’s just so easy to live that way. By nature, we look for solutions that take the least amount of time, effort, and money. I wish it worked that way. But it doesn’t.   If it did, we wouldn’t live in a country where...

  • 3 out of 4 are overweight or obese
  • 1.5 million die of cancer and heart disease
  • 1 million die as a result of relying on prescription drugs to get their health back
  • As many as 1 in 2 children will suffer from diabetes during their lifetime
  • Only 1 in 1000 people over 60 actually feel great, are fully functional, and are on no medications

I remember doing a talk a while back to a group about nutrition and exercise.   After the talk, a woman came up to me and said, “I would like to lose weight without changing my diet and exercising.   Do you have any suggestions?”

“Sure do,” I said. “A change in your attitude is a great place to start.”

She wanted easiness over excellence.  There’s no cure for that except for one change: a change in mindset.

One of the differences between CrossFit and the rest of the fitness world is that we're not looking for things to come easily.  We are not engaged by movements that require no skill or practice.  We...crave...challenge.  Challenge brings ownership, reward and pride.  Overcoming challenges builds character that carries over to other aspects of your life.  Nothing worthwhile and of value comes easy.  It takes those small action steps daily to produce excellence, even when you don’t feel like it, even when no one is watching.   What will you choose today, excellence or easiness?   We choose excellence.

Written by Dr. Nathan Thompson

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