Fitmark Ambassador Patrick Wells shares how being competitive is challenging, builds mental strength and confidence
Why do I compete? That’s a great question and one I have been thinking about a lot recently. Not only is it applicable to CrossFit, but also to my work life. Competing, or facing competition is something that everyone will face at one time another.
I am a Client Services Manager for a young software company and if we don’t fight hard for every new client and work hard to keep our current clients happy, then we won’t continue to grow and as a young company, that spells trouble. I compete each day, working hard to make my clients happy and keep my job. I compete at work to survive and to have the means to live comfortably.
Outside of work, I am a CrossFit coach and at times, a competitor. Why do I compete in CrossFit? It can’t be to prove I’m the best, because I’m not, but instead I compete to test myself. To find out how strong I am, or how strong I am willing to become. While I may not win, or be the best, that’s not what matters. What matters is that I am willing to show up, work hard and put forth my best effort and when you do that, it shows. After a competition, you can walk away, feeling confident that you gave it all you had and knowing that you will return to do so again. Win, lose, or draw, I compete to find out what I am truly capable of accomplishing.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013