In mid July of 2013 I began CrossFit. In the short time that I’ve been working out “in the box,” I have come to learn that the CrossFit experience is much like running a business. In fact, the more I workout at Crossfit Infinity 1504, the more parallels I see to the workplace.
Education & Encouragement
At CrossFit you receive coaching and encouragement on a daily basis, from both the coaches and fellow athletes. In our businesses it’s important that we continuously coach and encourage our employees and coworkers, so that they are performing at their best.
Prior to every workout, each athlete receives instruction for the safe and efficient operation of each movement. How can we expect our employees to be efficient and productive if we do not provide them with clear instruction prior to assigning a task?
Challenging But Rewarding
Running a business is not easy. In fact many times it can be quite challenging. However, if you CrossFit, you understand that the most challenging workouts are likely the ones that bring you back for more. There is an exhilarating feeling of accomplishment when something very difficult has been overcome. I often say that my favorite two parts of a CrossFit workout are the countdown “3-2-1” and hearing “TIME!” These are the signals that it’s time to go and that you have completed the work out.
As a small business owner, I feel that exercise is an important part of balancing work. Eating right and exercising regularly will help you to maintain good health, giving you the ability to work harder in your business.
Like running a business, CrossFit is not easy. If you have never lifted much weight prior to entering the box (as I hadn’t) then it can be quite difficult in the beginning. One of our coaches always says that we need to identify our strengths and weaknesses. Then we work to perfect the strengths and eliminate the weaknesses. This sounds like a good plan for a profitable and sustainable business to me.
Just remember, if it was easy everybody would do it.