“I think the biggest accomplishment anyone can achieve is to be the cause of something rather than the effect. A cause makes something happen ideally a positive outcome such as losing weight, finding someone amazing or getting a new job. It puts you in a position of control and confidence, rather than reaction and reluctance.” — Kirstie Alley
I can’t say that Kirsti Alley is a standard go-to source of inspiration for me, but this quote got to me. It describes perfectly why I think I have the best job on earth and why 2009 has been my best year ever. When I set out to grow the CrossFit Winnipeg community, my mission was clear: to make people happy by making them healthy. We are all selfish creatures; so why did the thought of making others happy make me happy? Because finding purpose and meaning independently of the world around us is a very difficult thing to do. I’ve often described CrossFit itself as empowering, but even more empowering is how we can use it to bring about positive changes in the world around us. You’ve all made some amazing changes; how have those changes affected your friends, family, co-workers? Do you have someone in your life who could use a little CFW love? Then be the cause and pay it forward. Print off this registration form and get them signed up for our new On Ramp program and change their life.
Here’s an excerpt from one of several testimonials I’ve received from CFW members over the last couple of months. We’ll be posting them on the blog every once in a while so if you have anything to share, feel free to post to comments or shoot me an email.
CFW really did not start to change me with my body image but more my self worth image. It all started in my head. After walking through those doors for the first few times something changed within my mindset. At that point I was not worried about my gut, my legs, arms, etc. I was just enamored by the certain things I was about to embark on in terms of everything CFW promised to offer me.
THEN my body began to change. It was not odd for people (friends and family) to mention that I was looking great. Looking like I lost weight. Looking different. When people told me I was losing weight. I correlated it to feeling great. So that alone indicated to stop with this “getting big” thing and live your fucking life!…
My mind has allowed me to live my life without these pains. Without these degrading thoughts. I know I can do things that most people cannot do. I know I try my absolute hardest at everything I do at CFW. This is slowly finding its way in to my everyday life. Changes to a lifetime of a certain thought process will not happen overnight – nor do I want it to. But change is happening.
I always wanted kids. But never thought I could have two of the most amazing little girls you can ever imagine. They make me smile, they make me laugh, they make me want to live forever.
And for that I owe it to them to be around as long as possible. I owe it to them to be able to throw them up high in to the air, run with them, chase them, teach them sport. I want to show them what strong means. And before training with you and everyone else at CFW this was not going to be possible.