[W]hen we’re experiencing doubts on the way toward achieving a goal, whether we ought to look backward or forward depends on our commitment. When our commitment is wavering, the best way to stay on track is to consider the progress we’ve already made…Once commitment is fortified, instead of glancing in the rearview mirror, it’s better to look forward by highlighting the work left to be done.
→ Adam Grant, Originals
I had the pleasure & privilege of sitting in the back of the room over the weekend, listening to Greg Glassman talk to the 10+ year affiliates who gathered for a few days of connection in Whistler, British Columbia.
During his time on stage, Coach walked the group through some of the connective tissue behind the decisions CrossFit has made over the last year, working to show us how - though the changes may have felt sudden - they were building toward them for years. He talked about the three L's (legislation, litigation, lobbying) & the 5 Buckets of Death. He talked about big soda & CrossFit Health & how the Regional events never made any sense to him.
What he didn't do - what I've never heard him do - is perhaps the one thing many affiliate owners often look to him for: reassurance.
Reassurance it'll all work out. Reassurance that CrossFit is on the right path. Reassurance that we haven't all made some big mistake.
Honest leaders don't often offer reassurance. They know that when you're at the edge of uncharted territory, when you're pushing a wall no one's ever pushed, there's a better than good chance it won't work.
But when we learn how to replace our (very human) desire for reassurance with a commitment to continuing to dance with the fear, we take responsibility for what comes next. We recognize that there are things for which it's worth risking failure, just as there are plenty for which success isn't worth the effort.
We can step off the dance floor, or we can settle in & let the music play.
The trouble comes when we try to do both.