A choice to take it all. Or, earn it.

*The Route 56 Challenge: Day 40*

If you had the opportunity to claim all your goals in one snap of your finger, at no cost, would you take it? Or, would it be different having all those things and not have worked for them? For example, is instantly having the body you’ve been working towards or the house you’re dreaming of somehow less desirable given that you circumvented the “procedure” to acquire those things?

Don’t let me put ideas into your head. If you think having the desired result is the same either way, that’s fair. I’m simply asking the question. Maybe it depends. Now, there’s a heck of a word for you… maybe it “depends.” Maybe somethings we should work for and it doesn’t matter for others things.

Let’s experiment with a more specific example. For the sake of the experiment, let’s pretend you have just one quantifiable goal that your time at FFOTB is dedicated towards achieving. If you train with us, eat well, and focus hard this goal will be yours in exactly 4 years. Four whole years of grinding it out with us at a pace that is so slow that you don’t even notice your progress along the way. Or, I can grant you your wish/goal now, instantly, for nothing. It doesn’t cost you a dime, you just have to say the word and it is done. Would you take it?

The cost of being better is high. Can you afford it?

Keep in mind how hard training can be. And, some mornings are pretty cold. Don’t forget… there will be countless burpees over the next four years, too.

If you think you could happily take it, that’s great. I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer. I do think that some of us will agree, though, that something changes when it all a gift, doesn’t it? I think that slight change is the humanity of the process that you all are on, in someway or another.

I don’t think I’d trade the road to the finish line for anything. I think secretly, we all like doing it the hard way.


Logan Gelbrich


Thursday’s Workout:

3 rounds:
12 Thrusters (135/95)
50 Squats
800m Run


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