Life is about your engine.
(Truthfully, life is about an infinite variety of things, but for the sake of THIS writing - I'm focusing on the fact that life is about your engine.)
I've talked previously about how important it can be to manage energy levels and be efficient with the amount of responsibilities we each have in a 24 hour day / 7 day week. All of this is still true and not to be minimized, however and important question to ask ourselves is -- how is my motor?
I was in a work conversation recently where the topic of a person's "motor" (read: work ethic, drive, ability to accomplish, persistence, etc) came up. This resonated with me, since as a CrossFit athlete we frequently talk about a person's motor or engine. Part of the new line of shirts from Rogue Fitness has"ENGINE" printed across the back. I considered buying one at first, then hesitated since it might be a bit ironic (and not in a good way) for me to be wearing that shirt, since my "engine" is the weakest of my abilities as a CrossFitter. My gas tank empties much too quickly during the intense workouts (or "WODs" in CrossFit terminology).
While my physical engine needs tons of improvement, I'd like to think my mental and psychological engine is helping make up for that, since everything I do is dedicated towards working on that weakness. Little by little, day by day, week by week.
That mentality (the "engine" needed to make the slow, arduous climb towards improvement of a weakness) applies to far more aspects of life than just CrossFit (or any other athletic endeavor).
Sales people need to have a motor to go out and prospect, bounce back from rejection, and close business.
Teachers need a great engine to show up in their classrooms day after day, dealing with the ups and downs of trying to educate young people who may be a joy to teach, or may be a relentless test of patience.
A housewife tending to her children and/or managing a home has to have a strong motor to get up day after day and put the needs of her family above her own, and have a loving, nurturing disposition while doing it.
A parent coming home from a draining and stressful workday needs to have a great engine to rebound and show a young son or daughter the attention they are seeking (and deserve), regardless of how badly they might need a beer/glass of wine and a chance to pass out in-front of the TV right away.
Whatever we do, whether it's CrossFit, triathlons, recreational (but still competitive) team sports, our jobs, or even aspects of home life -- your engine is everything. Life is about your motor. Rest and recover when it's time to rest and recover (if your iPhone eventually has to recharge, then so do you).
But when it's time to really GO, and dig deep to get (stuff) done -- what kind of engine do you have?