Written by: Scott Haake, Membership Coordinator/Community Manager/BX Coach

Saying GOOD in the face of a setback. An idea brought to life in a video by our friends Jocko Willink and Echo Charles. The idea is 1. Bad thing happens 2. You say “GOOD” and find a way to get better because of it.

I’m going to use my experience with the 17.1 CrossFit Open workout to illuminate my difficulty with saying GOOD.

I approached 17.1 (DB snatch and burpee box jump over) a little nervous. I was not confident that I could get 50lbs over my head continuously for 20 minutes. But then I did it! I even had a number in mind and I beat that. I focused rep by rep and moved forward gradually. Victory.

But I quickly lost sight of the value of that workout. Rather than saying “GOOD, this was an opportunity to push my limits and test myself,” I decided to make excuses for my score. I started to compare myself to other people. I decided to say “Well I’m not that strong because I haven’t been doing CrossFit that long.” I focused on the result and not on my effort. I had the opportunity to say “I worked hard,” and then shut up, and I didn’t take it.

GOOD.

Because now I’m focusing even more intently on how often I come up with excuses instead of coming up with solutions and game plans.

GOOD.

Because now I will pay closer attention to how my words and my actions affect the people around me. When I say something I will try to ask: Is it effective? Is it helpful? My struggles and my victories can be used as resources for others to get better.

GOOD.

Because I’m thinking more about how complaints, whining, and excuses drain the energy from the room. And acceptance, honesty, perseverance, and discipline breathe life back into it.

GOOD.

Because I’ll focus on action and attitude as the indicators of my character, rather than focus on the result.