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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Workout of the Day
Five sets of:
300 Meter Row
20 Kettlebell Swings
20 Push-Ups
Rest 4 minutes

– OR –

CrossFit Games Open 11.1
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 10 minutes of:
30 Double-unders
15 Power snatches

(That’s right kids, great news!!!  If you were unable to complete this workout and register your score last week, there is still time to do so.  Just let your coach know that you would like to do the Sectionals workout and they will help ensure that you get registered and successfully submit your results.)

Check out Coach Shane’s latest project!

The Magical Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Written by Michele Vieux

There have been times I have wondered what good my degree in sociology is doing me in my current position as a fitness coach. This past weekend I attended the OPT Lifestyle Coaching Module and was reminded that sociology is everywhere and that I can apply what I learned in my schooling to my coaching of others and my own life.

One concept we discussed at the module and that always deeply interested me was the notion of self-fulfilling prophecy. Robert Merton, a 20th century sociologist, actually coined the term of self-fulfilling prophecy in his 1949 book Social Theory and Social Structure. The prophecy or prediction is false but is made true by a person’s actions. Today the prophecy is viewed as neither true nor false but merely a statement that alters a person’s actions and therefore comes true.

Ask yourself this: Are happy and successful people that way because good things happen to them? Or, do good things happen to them because they look for and have feelings of happiness and success? I see this play out everyday with my clients.

Someone who says, “I will never be very strong,” chooses to work in a group of athletes who uses weight much lighter than she can handle and therefore never improves her strength.

Someone who says, “I am just not flexible,” spends little-to-no time stretching and mobilizing after class. When they do receive instruction on how to improve their flexibility, they rush through the movements and half-ass them.

Those who think everyone is out to get them and that they are being treated differently or unfairly look for instances to prove this true and even open the door to this happening. Their negative actions cause, in return, negative reactions toward them from those nearby.

Or, on a more positive note, someone who wants a chance to prove himself at the CrossFit Games works hard and pushes himself even though there are no promises made to him that he will make it. Hard work and perseverance pay off and the stars align and he becomes valuable in helping the team achieve a 4th place victory.

These are all true stories and people I know and work with every day. Which of these people is more enjoyable to be around? Which are leading happy and fulfilling lives? Control your own destiny. Which prophecy will you choose?

  • Krazy K

    Thanks Mitch, that was great!

  • Cynthia

    Right on!!! I expect good things to happen to me, and they do. But I also make choices that allow those good things to happen.

    Nice one, M!

  • courtland

    It worked for me in the dentist’s chair this morning. I told myself to relax and ignore the pain, and before I knew it, the procedure was over. Nice words of encouragement, MV. Lucky you didn’t choose a communications major–that would really have been useless.

    btw who told this guy he could use Invictus?

    http://invictusstrength.com/

  • Dre

    Right on M. Thanks

  • Mary D.

    Love the blog post Michele. It’s like you are speaking to me! I will for sure be using these techniques to spur me on to better times at running, or as it looks to others trotting. Sure is awesome to see so many Team Invictus signed up for the sectionals. It is even better to see so many on the leaderboard! Congratulations to Josh, Shane, Nuno and Nichole all in the top 10 for the SoCal region. Good stuff going on at Invictus.

  • areba

    Oh so very true M :) How many times do we hear, “Oh my gosh Rebecca, you are so flexible” well my dear friends, it is because I stretch, daily (for the most part)!! As with anything in life, you gotta want it, and then you gotta DO it!! …I want the happy, fulfilling destiny please!! Thank you for being such a great coach, believing in me (us), pushing me (us), and being so inspiring!

  • Mary D.

    Also a big congrats to Lacie and Ayo for being on tops on the leaderboard. I am sorry I overlooked you earlier! And to all that have done the sectional workout, outstanding job!

  • JHerm

    Michelle- awesome post! you are absolutely right – attitude is SO crucial!

    And Shane….WOW…what a COOL project!!! so freakin cool!

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