5 Quick Tips on Goal Setting from CrossFit Games Athlete Pat Vellner

"Things don't always go well and frankly aren't always fun, so where do we find our enjoyment?"

“In Crossfit we talk rather exhaustingly about enjoying the process of training. It’s a simple statement, but is sometimes harder to grasp than we would like.

Approach is everything, and simply setting goals is not enough. Even for those of us with the most clear cut goals it can become frustrating if we don’t make fast progress, or frankly even boring if we’re reaching our goals quickly and easily.

Enter the game

  • It’s important to relax and have some fun while attaining our goals.
  • Stop and smell the flowers, celebrate small victories,
  • Take on new and different challenges and share moments with friends.
  • Make time for fun. It applies to all areas of life.
  • Success is most fun when it is shared anyways.

So don’t be in too big of a hurry to look up from your work occasionally and deviate from your routine, have a beer with some friends, just smile. Enjoy the game.”

In Crossfit we talk rather exhaustingly about enjoying the process of training. It's a simple statement, but is sometimes harder to grasp than we would like. Things don't always go well and frankly aren't always fun, so where do we find our enjoyment? My brother @jvellner recently posted an article titled "The Goal and the Game" that shed some light on it for me (link in bio). Approach is everything, and simply setting goals is not enough. Even for those of us with the most clear cut goals it can become frustrating if we don't make fast progress, or frankly even boring if we're reaching our goals quickly and easily. Enter the game. It's important to relax and have some fun while attaining our goals. Stop and smell the flowers, celebrate small victories, take on new and different challenges and share moments with friends. Make time for fun. It applies to all areas of life. Success is most fun when it is shared anyways. So don't be in too big of a hurry to look up from your work occasionally and deviate from your routine, have a beer with some friends, just smile. Enjoy the game. Give the article a read If you're interested. @jvellner relates the concept to his work in cirque du soleil, and life in general. #enjoytheprocess #thegoal #thegame #motivation #mindset #crossfit #crossfitgames #exerciseracing #findyourwhy #gamesbound2017 #reebokcanada #beanathlete #makeitcount #bemorehuman #proenergyfit @reebokcanada @hatlex_canada @forging_heroes @proenergynutrition @crossfit @crossfitgames

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Editor-In-Chief at BOXROX. I come from a background of rugby and weightlifting. Growing up in the English Lake District, I spent a great deal of time swimming in its stunning lakes and rivers. In 2015 my brothers and I became the first people to swim the 145km length of the River Eden, from source to mouth, in 9 days. We also swam the Corryvreckan whirlpool, the third largest in the world, and Crossfit is a huge part of my training for these events.

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