The Cycle Of Problems

When most people come to us they have a problem regarding their health or aesthetics; they need to be healthier or they want to look better, or both. To a prospective member, poor condition is a problem and a new fitness regimen may be their solution. What people often do not realize is that being more active may very well solve their initial concern, but leaving with a new issue is likely.

Problems are a cycle. There will never be a life that does not come without an issue unless you are dead. Problems will always exist, but not all problems are bad. Take this hypothetical situation for example: Terry is a new member at Humble CrossFit. Terry came to us with mobility issues and a general insecurity about the way his body has aged over the past few years. Terry now comes to CrossFit four days a week, fits into his college jeans and wakes up with more energy every day. However, Terry now experiences mild soreness during stretches, has calloused hands, and owns way too many CrossFit shirts that are added to his ever growing pile of laundry.  Terry’s life in regards to health is now full of happy problems in comparison to the problem he walked through our door with. The solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next one; they never stop. Problems may be exchanged or upgraded, but they never stop coming. The best thing in life is not the absence of problems, but finding problems that you enjoy having and enjoy solving.

If I had a quarter for every time I was asked “How do you have the time?” I would be well on my way to making a pretty chunk of change.  For me, not having enough time is a happy problem. I am fortunate to have a full time job and the opportunity to be a trainer at Humble CrossFit. If I had free time it would likely mean that I was out of a job, not able to coach, and alone, which to me, is a much larger issue than being stretched for time.  It does become stressful on occasion, but I have handpicked these problems, which make them much more bearable. I would not choose a different path other than the one I am on now.

My challenge to you today is to analyze your problems. Are your problems happy problems or problems that cause negative feelings in your life? Often the only difference between a problem being painful or being powerful is a sense that we chose it and that we are responsible for it. How can you choose to make your problems positive?

Many of the ideas from this blog come from the words of Mark Manson. See Coach Francisco or Charlye on how to get a copy of this book for free!

Many of the ideas from this blog come from the words of Mark Manson. See Coach Francisco or Charlye on how to get a copy of this book for free!