Part 1: Recap

When beginning a new sport, workout regime, or learning anything new at all; there is an initial learning curve where we tend to see linear progression. This is when learning is fun, engaging, and we often see improvements. We soon come to realize that our line of growth is not and cannot be exponential, there are natural progression limits. If we look not at the linear progression graph, and rather at the Nazca spiral, it gives us a more realistic visual aid as to what progression looks like over time.

In CrossFit, getting new skills is damn sexy, it makes us feel good instantly. Something we are very used to- instant gratification. What is it to work for something? There is a learning factor amongst the grind, the basics, the very core of hard work. If we can recognize and trust ourselves to have confidence with our progression, we can go from depending on daily motivations to thriving off of the discipline we were looking for in the first place. Because when you are disciplined, motivation is unnecessary. 

Part 2: Virtuosity 

A professional golfer will literally stand in the same place for hours hitting the same shot for hundreds of repetitions at a time. A weightlifter will rep out low percentage technique work for most of their career spending time under heavy barbells that they have lifted every day for years. Both of these athletes compete in very different sports but with very similar mentality. They have trained to have the discipline and fortitude to trust themselves and their process. This is why athletics continues to be an incredible and valuable tool for individuals to learn and implement into everyday life.

With the natural course of society, individuals have seemingly fallen to the dependance of a quick fix mentality which makes it even more difficult to see and trust that our progression will happen if we stick to our charted path. Google, is a great example, of an amazing company that has done outstanding things for our society in many ways, a global leader of humanity. But, we can see some damaging effects to the psyche of society who are used to having their questions answered at the touch of a button, in milliseconds.

Athletics, art, business, anything that requires mastery of sorts, teaches us to be resilient through dedicated patience, otherwise we do not see progression. Without these teachings we tend to compare our progression in life to the answers we get on google. The cause and effect to this is simply unrealistic expectations,  the nazca spiral gives us a visual aid and reference point to ground our expectations and remind us that not only will we experience plateaus and struggles but we should embrace these happenings as part of our journey to mastering whatever goal we have set forth to achieve. 

With the natural course of society, individuals have seemingly fallen to the dependance of a quick fix mentality which makes it even more difficult to see and trust that our progression will happen if we stick to our charted path. Google, is a great example, of an amazing company that has done outstanding things for our society in many ways, a global leader of humanity. But, we can see some damaging effects to the psyche of society who are used to having their questions answered at the touch of a button, in milliseconds.

Athletics, art, business, anything that requires mastery of sorts, teaches us to be resilient through dedicated patience, otherwise we do not see progression. Without these teachings we tend to compare our progression in life to the answers we get on google. The cause and effect to this is simply unrealistic expectations,  the nazca spiral gives us a visual aid and reference point to ground our expectations and remind us that not only will we experience digression and struggle but we should embrace it as part of our journey to mastering whatever goal we have set forth to achieve.