GPF: Perspective by Aja Barto


Welcome to “Guest Post Friday”! I will be featuring posts from individuals who have solid input about the mental side of fitness, training, and life. I tend to gravitate towards witty and honest posts, that actually give you tips to help you improve.

Enjoy the post below written by Aja Barto


 “Sometimes you’re the bug, sometimes you’re the windshield”

This quote has been with me for so long but has just recently began to re-surface. Literally its meaning is so simple yet so deep. This phrase reminds me specifically of our perspective inside the gym, I’m talking about our performances day to day. Some days you will feel like you’re on top of the world and others just a big bag of worthless shit. How do we respond to these days when we feel like crap? How do we respond to those MOMENTS when we fail? When things aren’t going our way or when everything is just flat out not working to our liking? Are we throwing a fit? Frustrated? Mentally defeated? Yes, these may all be feelings that we experience but it doesn’t mean we can let them show and let them affect us.
If I learned anything from playing professional baseball it was to have a short memory. This translates to everything in life. The most successful people in our time are consistent. That means they are performing more times than not and that also means at times, their performance is shit. Do you think those rare instances keep them down? Nope. They instantaneously forget and move on. How they respond to failure is the catalyst to their future successes. It is how you respond to those days that you are “the bug” that will affect your current mood, attitude, mindset and even future performances.
Remember that your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions and your actions become your habit. Don’t let something as simple as a missed snatch attempt, a failed PR or a slower Fran time affect yourself as an athlete. There are times where your 1-rep max feels like 75% and at times 125%. Everyday will be different and it is all relative to the moment. There are way too many important things in life and I can guaran-damn-tee you snatches, clean and jerks and “WODS” aren’t one of them. Know your priorities and whats important to YOU. Don’t let a shitty performance define who you are. Not everday is going to be a personal best day. If and when those days come, stay positive, confident, and continue onward.

“Failure is the fertilizer that grows character. Strong character breeds success”


61Aja Barto, is a three-time CrossFit Games Athlete and he owns Behemoth CrossFit. This post is from his blog “Thinking Outside The Box”. I highly suggest you check it out, and connect with him on Twitter. Aja is a terrific athlete, with a strong mental game. He has lots of great advice and he can help you improve.


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  • Liz Becker

    This is a huge concept to grasp; letting it go. I just read “Way of the Peaceful Warrior” and I have started realizing that no one really cares what you have done. People are more concerned about themselves, they don’t even remember your little mistakes. So why should you dwell on them? Goes for training as well… Great article!